Northland Pines participates in National Walkout DaySubmitted: 03/14/2018
Story By Fitzgerald, Maggie

Northland Pines participates in National Walkout Day
EAGLE RIVER - Hundreds of thousands of students across the country participated in a national walkout on Wednesday morning.

Some schools in the Northwoods took part.

On the one month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting, students at Northland Pines High School spent 17 minutes in silence for the lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Northland Pines senior Hadley Kruse generally feels safe at school.

"The teachers and administrators really make it a safe environment for us," said Kruse.

Kruse said unfortunately not every school is like that and it is up to kids to promote change.

"It's really a big issue and it's important that we make our voices heard," said Kruse.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, students took a 17 minute moment of silence to commemorate the 17 lives that were lost in Florida last month.

"Sitting out there and thinking about each minute that's one life, that's lots of friends and family that will never see that person again and I just don't think the 17 minutes is quite enough," said junior Malcolm McCanles.

Students had the option to walk around in the field house or sit outside of the school.

Or students could choose to not participate. Junior Daniel Evensen believes problems aren't solved by walking out.

"You solve problems by going to your congressman; you solve problems by praying for the people who were lost, praying for their families. You don't solve any problems by just walking out, you have to do something," said Evensen.

Whatever the students chose, the school administration supported their decisions.

"A lot of adults have said ways students should act or feel but they don't walk in their shoes every day," said High School principal Scott Foster.

"They were all for it and made sure to listen to our ideas," said Kruse.

"They supported us by giving us the choice and that's the best thing that they can do," said Evensen.

Around 100 students made the choice to join the walkout.

"It makes me unbelievably proud that we can stand together, political views aside, and just stand together to promote a safer and kinder environment and to memorialize the lives of the 17 student lost. They're just like us," said senior Laura Garling.

The students also participated in making a short video to send to the Philadelphia Eagles. The professional football team reached out to every school in the country with an eagles mascot to make a video for the families in Parkland.

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