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Students in Eugene walk out of class calling for tighter gun control

About 200 students at Sheldon High School walked out of class in efforts to bring attention to "people who can [bring] change."

Posted: Feb. 21, 2018 5:10 PM
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018 10:55 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Students in Eugene marched out of class Wednesday in solidarity with the fight for stricter gun control.

Chanting to Coburg Road and back, 200 students at Sheldon High School walked out around noon.

The school said they didn't condone the walkout it was entirely student-led.

A student who participated said she did so because she wants to help bring change.

"We're being killed, one by one or by the dozens. It doesn't matter, we are still being killed and something needs to change so that we are not being killed. So that we can grow up and change the world," said Chloe Driver, freshman.

She also said she feels for the families of the victims in the Florida school shooting.

"I couldn't imagine their pain and watching their friends and teachers and classmates die before their eyes, seeing all that blood. It's horrific and something needs to change," Driver said. "Something needs to change and it needs to change soon."

Sen. Jeff Merkley said some of the things he is pushing for in the nation's capital include strengthening background check systems and making sure information is actually uploaded into the appropriate data systems.

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