MA Students Plan To Join National Walkout Over School Safety

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Students participate in a protest against gun violence in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

DEVENS (WBZ-AM) -- Some Massachusetts high school students are planning to participate in a national day of protests in a few weeks, calling for something to be done about school shootings.

As the shots fired in the massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week continue to reverberate around the country, students from coast to coast plan to participate in a national school walkout on March 14.

Emily Podgornee, a senior at Parker Charter School in Devens, has organized a walkout at her school along with other students to show how worried they are about school safety.

"In order to get out of school what we're supposed to get out of school, we're supposed to feel safe," she said. "They need to feel not only safe around their peers and be respected in a normal classroom environment, but they need to know that they won't go to school and die."

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Ten days after the national walkout, students will participate in the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. and other cities to simply say "enough is enough."

"I'm not really sure how safe I can feel at school, just because it can happen really anywhere," she said. "No one knows what the next tragedy is going to be, where it's going to happen. I would love to say I feel safe at school, but I'm not sure that I do."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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