|(March 14, 2018) -- A sizable number of Long Beach Unified School district students chose to take part in peaceful but passionate on-campus demonstrations at their campuses today (March 14) coinciding with the one month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school mass-shooting. Photo gallery below.
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Students at ELB's Millikan High gave LBREPORT.com differing crowd estimates; one student estimated 800-1,000 particpated; another said perhaps 2,000. Participating students exited their classes at 10:00 a.m., lined the school's athletic track, linked arms and heard the names of each of the 17 Florida school victims (students, teachers, and coaches) read aloud, one per minute.
A student delivered a speech calling for change, saying [paraphrase] we can't let this happen again. Another student read a poem. Students returned to their classes about 10:40 a.m.
LB Mayor Robert Garcia Tweeted photos of himself at ELB's Marshall Middle School, indicating he'd been invited by a Marshall middle school student.
Demonstrations with various formats occurred on multiple other LBUSD campuses. LBUSD's website posted the following photos:
Following the events, LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser issued the following statement:
Today our students made their voices heard on the important issue of gun violence in our nationís schools. Our school staff and student leaders worked hard to provide on-campus activities allowing our students to speak their minds in a safe and supportive environment.
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