Walkout planned at Castle Rock school in response to STEM shooting

Students planning protest to begin at exact time attack was reported


Hours after a shooting injured multiple students at a Highlands Ranch school, leaving one dead, students from nearby communities were responding by planning a school walkout for the following week.

Wesley Ferguson, a student at Castle View High School, told Colorado Community Media a group of students had begun organizing a walkout at Castle View for Tuesday, May 14. Fellow organizers included students Vivian Luckiw and Kayla Schillffarth, among others.

The walkout was scheduled to begin at 1:53 p.m. — the moment authorities received reports of shots fired at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7. The Castle View walkout is intended to last through the end of classes that day.

“Both me and my fellow planners have felt the moral obligation to act or do something,” Ferguson told Colorado Community Media by email.

Ferguson has organized walkouts at Castle View before, including one held as part of the nationwide #Enough National School Walkout event in March 2018. The 18-year-old senior said walkouts are a public way for specifically young people and students to “express our dissatisfaction with the system.”

“It's doing something rather than wallowing in our own fear,” he said. “I hope that people can begin to understand that first, their children are tired of this, and second, that we are willing to take action. I hope people can understand the idea of school shootings being regular is unacceptable and that change is necessary.”

Organizers hope to spur policy changes that prevent future shootings and educate students about registering to vote, contacting their representatives and to “show the world outside of our school that we care and our voices matter,” Ferguson said.


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