East Excessive college students rally at Colorado Capitol to name for gun management — science weblog

A number of hundred college students from East Excessive College chanted “No extra silence! Finish gun violence!” as they marched to the Colorado State Capitol Friday to inform lawmakers to do extra to limit entry to weapons.

Eighteen days had handed since Luis Garcia was shot simply exterior the varsity, and two for the reason that 16-year-old succumbed to his accidents. College students held indicators bearing his title and No. 11, the quantity he wore on the soccer area. They noticed 11 seconds of silence in his reminiscence.

Clayton Thomas, who performed soccer with Luis, recalled how hard-working Luis was, a top quality members of the family described as nicely. On the finish of every observe, gamers might keep an additional quarter-hour to observe independently. Luis would keep half-hour, Clayton stated.

“What I wouldn’t give for an additional quarter-hour with Luis proper now,” Clayton stated. 

East Excessive College students Demand Motion, a bunch that advocates for gun management, organized the rally to coincide with an advocacy day on the Capitol in assist of a bundle of gun management payments. Democrats wish to add a three-day ready interval for all gun purchases, forestall folks youthful than 21 from buying weapons, and increase who can search to take away weapons from a person underneath Colorado’s “pink flag” legislation. 

The push for brand new state gun legal guidelines comes within the wake of November’s mass capturing at Membership Q in Colorado Springs, in addition to rising gun violence in Denver and across the area. 

Luis Garcia was shot exterior East Excessive on the afternoon of Feb. 13. Denver police took two different Denver Public Faculties college students into custody later that afternoon on different fees. Up to now, they haven’t been charged within the capturing. 

Luis was the second pupil shot close to the two,600-student college this tutorial 12 months. East Excessive additionally was the goal of a swatting hoax in September that led to a lockdown and evacuation that left college students and college rattled. 

Within the final week, greater than a dozen Colorado faculties have been the goal of swatting hoaxes

Organizers canceled a discussion board on gun violence with native elected officers Wednesday after information unfold of Luis’ demise.

Fabian Morris, a sophomore at East, stated he didn’t know Luis nicely, however he’s identified different individuals who have been shot and wished to assist the trigger.

“I used to assume college was one of many most secure locations, however now I really feel uneasy,” he stated. 

Celes Bufford, a senior and member of the East pupil council, echoed the sentiment.

“We’re down right here as a result of we’re drained,” she stated. “There must be no motive that weapons are extra vital than college students, or folks generally. Nobody feels protected.”

Ryan Lo, a junior at East, stated he felt numb concerning the capturing till college students gathered exterior East to put flowers in Luis’ reminiscence. That’s when the loss hit house. Ryan famous that the identical day Luis was shot, a gunman killed three folks at Michigan State College. 

Zach Fields, additionally a junior at East, stated the frequency of gun violence makes it onerous to understand.

“It doesn’t even really feel actual,” he stated. “It appears like a film.”

Bureau Chief Erica Meltzer covers schooling coverage and politics and oversees Chalkbeat Colorado’s schooling protection. Contact Erica at emeltzer@chalkbeat.org.

High school students dressed in red gather in front of the Colorado State Capitol. One sign emerges from the crowd reading “G(UN)SAFE Enough is Enough.” Downtown office buildings can be seen in the background.

East Excessive college students marched to the Colorado State Capitol Friday to hitch a day of advocacy for gun management laws.

Erica Meltzer / Chalkbeat

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