Booker High students join national protest

- One month ago, Kacey Garrison and her classmates at Booker High School sat in disbelief as they heard about the Parkland school shooting. 

"It could happen anywhere. It happened to victims to my age and ages that were just a little bit younger than me," she said. 

A month later, she and her classmates come together in remembrance and to be heard. 

"We do have a voice," said a student speaker. 

They honored the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students also encourage each other to become a bigger part of their community. 

"Not even a week after the shooting, Booker high school implemented half of student suggestions for safety," said a student speaker. 

Students used the walkout, in part to focus on their own safety concern.

Senior class president, Steve Martinez said the weeks leading up to the walkout have shown the strength of his classmates. He's seen them become more involved and he's encouraging others to become part of the change. 

"Students are now realizing there is momentum and they should not stop. They should continue going forward for them," said Martinez. 

Superintendent Todd Bowden said it's a proud moment. 

"We do a lot of things for students, we should do things with our students. To have their voice they know this campus better than anybody else so who better to go to and say what does it take to make this a safer campus," he said. 

Making a safer campus will take a joint effort from not only adults but the students who walk these halls each and every day. 

"They're smart. They're intelligent. They're articulate. Shame on us if we don't listen to them," said Superintendent Bowden. 

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