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Dubuque students participate in walkout

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Students in Dubuque took part in Wednesday's National Walkout Day.

"Enough is enough!" they chanted.

About 400 Dubuque Senior High School students gathered on the football field rallying for safer schools.

This comes one month after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The rally lasted 17 minutes to remember each victim killed.

"Parkland, I was devastated by it. It's awful that we are desensitized to children being killed," said El Taverna, a sophomore. 

Some of them held signs. "This sign kind of represents the fallen victims of gun violence in not just Parkland, but the rest of the places since Sandy Hook," said LeRoy Bush, a junior. "There's been 200 plus school shootings on American soil since Sandy Hook."

Across town, hundreds of Hempstead High School students also walked out of class.

Many of the teens not old enough to vote, but said the country needs to move in a new direction. "There needs to be some sort of change in gun violence, gun regulation, those laws have to be changed," added Taverna.

The students ask people to get involved by contacting their local legislators to help them in the movement.

"As a high school student, I want them to know that we're not alone. We want as much help as possible. We need your help to change and without you guys, we're pretty much useless. We can help get our voices to you, but you guys are the ones who make the laws," Bush said.

Meanwhile, Wahlert Catholic High School and Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School held a campus-wide prayer service led by Archbishop Jackels, in remembrance of the victims of the Florida shooting. 

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