Little Rock Central High Participates in Walkout with District Support

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - "Show me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like." 

Just one of the many chants Little Rock Central High School student repeated as they put motion to the nationwide movement. 

More than 2,000 students and staff walked out of class Wednesday, to stand in solidarity with students across the country fighting for school safety. 

"We are supposed to come here and to learn. Not to lose our life," Central High student body president, Erin Farmer said to the crowd. 

Some students were armed with signs demanding action against gun violence. 

"I go to school every single day and I deserve to feel safe in my school and in my community," Central High student, Emma Jewell said. 

Other signs were designed to remember those killed while on school grounds. 

"How would you feel if that was your child that didn't come home that was almost going to graduate, that was a college commit, how would you feel?" Farmer asked. 

Rev. Patricia Matthews was nearby supporting her son who was among the student protesters. 

"Instead of taking a political stance on any of this, I just figured the church and the parents should empower the kids to take the stances that they need to do," Matthews said. 

"They're not the ones that go to school everyday and are in these environments where I mean essentially we're like sitting ducks," Jewell said. 

Students' demands were clear: 

 "Please have better gun laws," Farmer said. 
"Universal background checks would be nice," Jewell said. 

Other chants like "enough is enough" and "books not bullets" rang out on the front lawn of the historic school Wednesday.  

With the latest mass school shooting in Parkland, FL now one month behind us, these students continue to push the issue to the forefront. 

"We can't be desensitized to it. We need to speak out and we need to make a change," Jewell said. 

"We have to keep going, we have to keep protesting," Farmer said. 

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