Morganton, North Carolina, USA: A student at Patton High School in Morganton has been jailed after another student reported hearing someone say they planned to “shoot up the school.” 17 yr old Mackenzie Ray Swink is being held on a $50,000 bond.
This is just days after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland where 17 people were shot and killed by 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz – a former student at the school.
The florida shooting has sparked protests and planned protests across the country calling for gun control reform.
Students protested in front of the White House for stricter gun control laws today shouting “Shame On You” and insisting on gun control reform.
The event was organized over Facebook by a group called Teens for Gun Reform, which listed their intentions in a post: “By doing this, we will make a statement on the atrocities which have been committed due to the lack of gun control, and send a powerful message to our government that they must take action now.”
The somber protests lasted only a few minutes “in order to symbolize how quickly someone, such as the Parkland [Florida] shooter, is able to purchase a gun in America,” organizers wrote, alluding to Nikolas Cruz, who, according to court documents, confessed to firing on unarmed students and teachers with a legally purchased AR-15 rifle.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where the mass shooting took place are planning a massive rally against school and gun violence called “March for Our Lives” in Washington D.C. on March 24.
Smaller rallies and protests are being organized in cities around the U.S.
The Women’s March youth branch, EMPOWER, is also organizing a national school walk out on March 14, the one month anniversary of the Florida shooting.
The Network for Public Education and the American Federation of Teachers called on students, teachers and administrators to organize sit-ins, walkouts and other acts of protest on April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
The groups said the goal is to get lawmakers to enact gun control legislation.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said the answer to school violence is to keep guns away from people who should not have them. She said she hopes the April 20 protest turns into a broader movement for change.