Anchorage students hold walk-out for shooting victims

Service High School students walked out of class briefly Wednesday in honor of the students and staff killed in a school shooting in Florida last week. (KTUU)
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Anchorage students participated in a wal- out Wednesday morning in respect for the victims of the Florida school shooting last week.

Hundreds of Service High School students walked out for 17 minutes, in honor of the students who lost their lives.

Dieuleveut Biringanine, student body president at Service, said the goal was to put political views aside and focus on finding solutions.

"I told them when we sit in silence and when you're talking to your friends, don't debate about whether we should have stricter gun laws or not we should just raise awareness that people are dying, violence is around us and we don't wanna be next," Biringanine said.

Frank Hauser, Service High's principal, said when he learned the students wanted to hold a peaceful demonstration, his focus was on safety and security, but he wanted to support his students' right to express themselves.

"It's great to see them being good society members, being good citizens and really trying to support and be active in what they believe in," Hauser said.

Similar walk-outs were also held at West High School and Begich Middle School.

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