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'Gun violence has got to go,' Hundreds of Edison High students walk out

FRESNO, Calif. - Hundreds of steps, hundreds of students, and hundreds of voices -- all with a united message.

"Hey hey, ho ho. Gun violence has got to go," chanted hundreds of Edison High School Students Friday morning.

Students walked out of school and marched the streets of Fresno Friday in honor of National School Walkout Day. They ended in front of Fresno Unified School District.

Many students honored those recently lost in a string of gang violence throughout the city.

"I am marching for Kayla Foster. I am marching for Breanna Bradford and I'm marching for everyone else who has lost their life to gun violence or any violence," said Edison High School Sophomore Georgia Foster.

"There's been a lot going on in the Edison community. You are well aware of the things that have occurred in respect to violence. You have dealt with, in recent memory, shootings in your immediate neighborhood," said Fresno Unified Superintendent Bob Nelson.

Listening to their worries and comments, Nelson and Edison High School Principal Munoz. Both invited the chanting group of students into their board room.

"One crucial thing we need to do in our community is give you an opportunity to express yourself," said Nelson.

"As Tigers I know how much this matters to you," said Munoz.

Students filed in and shared their fears about guns and violence on and off campus.

One of the walkout organizers Reality Roland said she felt encouraged.

"We didn't expect to come into the building talking to Superintendent. That was kind of like 'Oh they care,'" she said.

Roland said their fight isn't done but it's a step in the right direction.

"It was a great feeling. What we are doing is being heard. We wanted him to take notes and really take into consideration about what we think about our school and what we want to see change in Fresno as a whole," she said.

 


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