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Student injured in a school shooting on National School Walkout Day

It’s also the anniversary of Columbine.


Tess Cagle


As thousands of students marched out of their classrooms for a #NationalSchoolWalkout Day on Friday, a student was shot and wounded while at school.

The student attending Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, was shot in the ankle, according to reports from CNN. The suspect is now in custody and other students have been bused to First Baptist Church of Ocala to be reunited with their parents.

While students at the high school—and the rest of the school district—shared that their walkout was canceled because of the shooting, gun control advocates on Twitter noted the tragic irony that the same violence these students planned to protest stopped their actual protest. The national walkout also marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, when two students killed 13 people and injured 24 others.

More than it’s ironic, it’s telling of just how prominent school shootings have become in the U.S. Everytown research reports that on average, there is one school shooting in the U.S. per week.  

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