Students at Michigan school shooting site in support of Uvalde

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Students at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan left class on Thursday to support victims of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas this week.

Oxford High School suffered a mass shooting in November 2021 which left four people dead and several others injured.

According to Detroit Free Press, more than 100 students took part in the demonstration on Thursday, which took place on a football pitch. The students gathered formed a letter “U” in support of the students of Uvalde.

Ethan Crumbley, who was a 15-year-old student in high school at the time of the incident, has been charged in connection with the November shooting in Oxford and the murders of four students: Hana St. Juliana, 14, Tate Myre, 16 , Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17.

Students at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan walked out of class on Thursday to support victims of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Here, Oxford High School on December 7, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan.
Emilie Elconin

On Tuesday, 19 pupils and two teachers were killed in a shooting at Robb Primary School in Uvalde. Texas officials identified the suspect in the shooting as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.

“There are families who are grieving right now and the State of Texas mourns with them the reality that these parents will not be able to get their children back,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Tuesday during a press conference.

In an email to Newsweek On Thursday, a spokesperson for Oxford Community Schools said the district had been “informed that the national organization Students Demand Action is planning a field trip for students across the country today in response to the school shooting. elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

“As a community, our hearts go out to Uvalde and we understand why some of our students have chosen to take part in the national outing. Oxford Community Schools have worked with our students, staff and local law enforcement , along with our district security personnel, to ensure the safety of our students participating in this peaceful event,” said Danielle Stublensky, Schools Public Relations Coordinator.

“We encourage our students to be actively engaged citizens who are aware of the multiple points of view surrounding current events. We also encourage students to participate respectfully and peacefully in our democratic process and we encourage them to respect the opinions and viewpoints of others even when they express their own,” Stublensky said.

Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization founded by family members of victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, also spoke out after the shooting in Uvalde this week.

“Kids need to be safe at school. – Columbine – Sandy Hook – Santa Fe – Parkland – Oxford – #Uvalde We must turn our grief and devastation into action. #EndGunViolence #ProtectOurKids,” the organization declared on Twitter.

The US Congress has not passed any gun control laws since the Sandy Hook shootings.

After Tuesday’s shooting, President Joe Biden said “it’s time to turn this pain into action.”

“I had hoped that when I became president I wouldn’t have to do this again. Another massacre,” Biden said. “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen?”

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