Trojans Rage in Orange Against Gun Violence

Trojans Rage in Orange Against Gun Violence

Litzy Rodriguez, Reporter

South Houston High School students and staff staged a “walk out” and wore orange to protest gun violence on Apr. 20. The event, which happened on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Across the nation students and teachers walked out of classes in protest to end gun violence. South Houston took a step out of class and joined arms to make an orange human chain across the school. While the students joined forces, senior Antonio Hernandez rang the victory bell 13 times in memory of the 12 students and one teacher that were murdered in columbine. 

“As you go through the bells you think about their names and you think about who they were as people and how it happened to them. You feel sad but then again, a little happiness inside you knowing you’re honoring them,” senior Antonio Hernandez said.  

Not only where the bells for the tragedy of columbine but for all the other school shootings since. Since Columbine, the forgotten promise of “never again” has yet to be met, especially considering the high-profile shooting that recently occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla on Feb. 14.  According to The Washington post there have been an average of 10 school shootings per year. In 2018 only there have been 13 events where a gunman opened fire at schools, leading up to 141 people murdered in mass shootings at school. With a small action as simple as wearing orange with the rest of the country the Trojans hoped to show their common goal for a better, violence-free future.   

“I hope that they stand united with each other as well. And saying that there’s going to be no more hate and end school violence. It must start somewhere, and it might as well start here and in support of all the other campuses across the nation that want to end school violence. We join them,” Principal Andrea Wenke said.