By Brian Boye, Managing Editor
Members of the Fisher community participated in the national walk out movement on March 14, featuring speeches from students and professors in favor of stricter gun laws.
Originally slated for LeChase Commons, the event took place in Cleary Auditorium due to the inclement weather.
On Feb. 28, a candlelight vigil for peace was held at the Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great in response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14.
The National School Walkout took place across hundreds of schools in the United States, where students walked out of their classes at 10:00 a.m., only a month after the shooting in Parkland.
The event at Fisher comprised of five students and two professors speaking at the podium, lasting in total about 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims killed in the shooting in Parkland.
President of the class of 2020 Ranita Williams and professor Megan Backer both wrote poems following the shooting and read them to the crowd. Vice President of the Gay Straight Alliance Kera Turner advocated for gun control.
“Stand with me and say never again, because we cannot lay down any longer, hearing the same words shot at us like bullets out of an AR-15, to be ignored and healed with just thoughts and prayers,” said Turner.
Education major Matthew Crozzoli said as a future teacher he would make attending similar events mandatory for his students.
“I think it’s time that people start doing what they believe in and standing up for rights of students,” said Crozzoli. “I think people shouldn’t have to go to school and be afraid of getting shot at or have their life in danger.”
There was also a banner that attendees could sign for sympathy and support for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and it will be sent to the school’s principal. Additionally there was a table where attendees could register to vote if they have not already done so.
After she heard some of her professors discuss the walk out, english major Alisa Singletary attended as well.
“They [professors] seemed very supportive about doing what’s right and this was started by students not even by the teachers, so that shows how much the students are very well aware of what’s going on and how they want something done,” said Singletary.
Future related events include the March for Our Lives Rochester on March 24 in Washington Square Park in Rochester and another National School Walkout on April 20 to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.