About 75 students briefly walked out of their classes Friday at Rockledge High School in Brevard County, Florida, to demonstrate their support for the Second Amendment, Florida Today reported.
Students walked along the school track and carried the American flag and signs that stated, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” and “I support the right to bear arms,” the report stated. Some wore camouflage clothing and President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats. Others carried Gadsden flags or black-and-blue striped flags that represent support for law enforcement.
Chloe Deaton, a sophomore who helped organize the protest, wore a T-shirt that read, “My rights don’t end where your feelings begin.” Deaton told Florida Today the event was intended to educate others about the Second Amendment and not necessarily debate various political views.
The national anthem and “God Bless America” were played over the loudspeakers, and then Deaton told the group, “We were built on certain rights and that was one of the original rights, that we should have the right to bear arms.”
Co-organizer Anna Delaney, a junior, read a quote from former President Ronald Reagan’s speech at 1983 banquet for the National Rifle Association. During the speech, Reagan said, “The Constitution does not say that government shall decree the right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution says… the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
On March 14, students from about 2,800 schools across the nation walked out of their classes for 17 minutes to protest the violence that killed 17 people at Marjory Stone Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
An estimated 15 schools in Brevard County participated in that walkout, including one at Rockledge High School in which students stood on the football field and formed a large heart.
Deaton said she followed up with the pro-Second Amendment protest because it is important to allow other students to express their opinions.
Zachary Schneider, a junior at Rockledge, agreed.
“It’s all over the news right now that all students hate guns. I wanted to show that not all students feel that way,” Schneider said.
The students left their classes for about 20 minutes and then returned.