GUN VIOLENCE PROTESTS TAKE ON SPECIAL MEANING AT HUFFMAN HIGH

Huffman High

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Bryn Caswell

Students across the nation took a stand against gun violence Tuesday, by walking out of their schools en masse.

While most of Alabama’s schools are out on spring break, Birmingham schools are not. Many students there, including those at Huffman High School, took to the streets at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the rest of the country.

Huffman was the site of its own tragedy last week, when 17-year-old Courtlin Arrington was shot and killed in a school classroom around 3:45 p.m.

Students are calling on the federal government to ban assault weapons and improve background checks for anyone purchasing guns.

While students across the nation walked out of their classes for 17 minutes Wednesday in honor of the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine’s Day, Huffman students were out for 18 in memory of Arrington.

Seeing something like that happen on TV is one thing, said one Huffman student. But it really opens your eyes when it happens close to home.

Teachers at Huffman rallied behind their students, promising support in the wake of such a tragedy.

According to investigators, Arrington was shot and killed by Michael Jerome Barber, 17. He is facing charges of manslaughter and illegally possessing a firearm.

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