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'Enough is enough': Wartburg College students take part in National Walkout Day

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All around the country, students of all ages are putting down their pencils and picking up protest signs.

One month after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, students are calling for gun reform. 

In Waverly, dozens of Wartburg College students took part in National Walkout Day. They chanted, "end gun violence, stop the silence". 

18-year-old Kaylee Michael organized the Wartburg walkout following the tragedy in Parkland. 

Michael said, "It's hard to imagine something like that but that's somebody's kid, friend, somebody's whoever....and it's not just kids, it's adults, coaches and teachers and it needs to end."

Some held signs reading "Guns Don't Die, Children Do" and "It's Easier to Buy a Gun than my Education". 

For Student Body President Naomi Alene, this topic hits close to home. She's from Aurora, Colorado where in 2012,  a gunman killed 12 people inside a movie theater.

Alene said, "A lot of time has passed but it has affected my community greatly." She continued, "It has made us stronger but it was heartbreaking. The very next day you could tell it was never going to be the same."

The students said they are using this walkout as a way to be a part of the national conversation that enough is enough.

Alene said, "I know what it is like to never think it is going to be you...you're living in fear and wondering what is going to happen next." She continued, "I know that every child deserves to feel safe when they go to school and we deserve to feel safe when we come to campus."

The school's pastor asked students why they were there today and people replied, "to be heard, to feel safe and to make a difference."  Some students also said they believe in stricter gun laws.

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