Oxford High School students hug each other during Thursday’s strike. Image: Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press via AP
OXFORD, Michigan — Hundreds of students at Oxford High School, the school in Michigan where four were killed in November, stepped out on Thursday and formed a “U” on the football field to show support for students and families in Uvalde, Texas.
“We went through the same thing. I lost a lot of friends. I thought it would be respectful to help others through this,” Andrew Sholtz told the Detroit News.
A gunman killed 19 children and two teachers this week at Robb Elementary School in Texas.
Oxford school officials knew a walkout was planned and worked to keep students safe, spokeswoman Danielle Stublensky said.
She said it was part of a nationwide effort by Students Demand Action, a group calling for changes to gun laws.
Oxford High School students walked out of class Thursday in Oxford, Michigan to show their support for the community of Uvalde, Texas, where a mass shooting occurred at an elementary school this week. Image: Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press via AP
“As a community, our hearts go out to Uvalde and we understand why some of our students have chosen to participate in the national walkout,” Stublensky said.
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the Oxford school shooting. His parents were charged with manslaughter under a theory that they made a weapon accessible to Ethan Crumbley and failed to respond to signs of mental distress.
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