A survivor of a school shooting said that the national walkout taking place on March 14 is disrespectful to victims of the most recent shooting in Florida.
Nikolas Cruz admitted he opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, leaving 17 students and teachers dead and others wounded.
Since the shooting, many students at the high school have advocated for banning some guns and restricting the ownership of others.
The national walkout was organized by the Women’s March, a liberal group that supports gun control and immigration amnesty, among other issues.
According to Cameron Kasky, one of the Stoneman Douglas students, the march is about passing laws banning guns.
This isn’t just about school safety. Americans are in danger everywhere we go. Movie theatres, airports, churches…
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) March 14, 2018
“This isn’t just about school safety. Americans are in danger everywhere we go. Movie theatres, airports, churches… There’s one thing in common every mass shooting. The weapon,” Kasky said via Twitter.
Another student speaking in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday said, “Their right to own an assault rifle does not outweigh our right to live. The adults have failed us. This is in our hands now, and if any elected official gets in our way, we will vote them out.”
While many students participated in the walkout nationwide, others were against the march.
Logan Cole was wounded during a school shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School in 2017. The shooting left Cole and another student wounded, with Ely Serna charged with two counts of attempted murder and other charges, reported the Dayton Daily News.
Cole said in a video posted on Facebook that the students walking out this week are oversimplifying the complex issue of violence in schools by advocating for gun control.
“I feel like violence in our schools and in our society is a much deeper issue, and I feel like it’s a little bit simplistic to look at this and point out gun control as the problem,” he said.
Cole said the walkouts are disrespectful to the victims of the Parkland massacre.
He said he would be holding a midday memorial service at the school on Wednesday and invited students to join him.
Cole planned to read the names of the 17 victims and have moments of silence.
Around 35 students at Cole’s school ended up joining the walkout, despite administrators saying there would be punishment for those who walked out as opposed to joining the moments of silence throughout the day that the school would dictate.