N.H. Students Plan More Walkouts On Columbine Anniversary

Apr 19, 2018

Students at Hanover High School participated in a walkout earlier this year.
Credit Britta Greene for NHPR

Students across the country and New Hampshire are planning another walkout to call attention to gun violence at schools Friday.

Students in at least a dozen New Hampshire middle and high schools have walkouts planned as part of a national event to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. 

At Rundlett Middle School in Concord, Principal Jim McCollum says a group of 8th graders has taken the lead in organizing a walkout there.

“I’ve been at this 32 years and there is always a group of students who when they see what potential they have and they are given a venue with support to do it they historically execute very well.”

At Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, senior Alicia Goodwin says students will gather outside to have an open discussion and to remember the students who have been killed.

“It’s about protecting people," said Goodwin, "It’s about feeling safe where you are. And next year, hopefully there will be more walkouts.”

Some districts are requiring parents to sign their students out of school if they want to participate in an event.