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Students angrily walk out of Colorado school shooting vigil in protest after speakers push gun control and politicize tragedy

Students walked out of a vigil for the shooting at a STEM school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on Wednesday after the event’s speakers reportedly politicized the tragedy and used it to push for gun control.

The vigil, which was held to honor student Kendrick Castillo — the single fatality in the incident — who died after rushing the shooter to prevent casualties.

Eight other students were injured in the attack. Authorities took two people into custody in connection with the incident.

Castillo, 18, was just three days shy of graduating from the school.

What are the details?
Nearly 2,000 people attended the event, which was held at the STEM School Highlands Ranch High School and was organized by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D) and Rep. Jason Crow (D) both spoke at the event and used the shooting to renew their call for gun control.

Clearly moved, many of the students chanted “mental health” after Bennet and Crow invoked gun control during the vigil, and even more walked out of the event in protest.

Other students shouted, “political stunt” and “we are people, not a statement.”
Local reporter Kyle Clark shared a touching photo of the students who left the school vigil to hold their own.

Clark captioned the photo, “Frustrated, crying and angry, #STEMschool shooting victims hold an impromptu vigil in the rain Wednesday after leaving a gun-control vigil they felt inappropriately politicized their trauma. (They asked that I not photograph their faces close up, and I respected their wishes.)”

The Brady Campaign issued a statement after the vigil went south, USA Today reported: “We are deeply sorry any part of this vigil did not provide the support, caring and sense of community we sought to foster and facilitate and which we know is so crucial to communities who suffer the trauma of gun violence.”

Local reporter Jenny Brundin also shared photos on Twitter featuring the students walking out in protest. Brundin wrote, “What was so amazing about STEM school kids walking out, holding up lights in the drizzling rain to honor their friend who died, shouting for mental health services, sharing their grief into microphone is this: teens worlds are hyper-controlled by adults. Tonight, THEY spoke.”

Brundin also shared a video of the students calling for mental health — not gun control.
She captioned the video, “Powerful moment when STEM School kids spontaneously started shouting, ‘Mental health! Mental health!’ Anguish at adults not recognizing their pain and the pain of their classmates.”

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. BETTY LEE

    May 9, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Good for the students for righteously confronting the self-absorbed, self-promoting, insensitive boobs!

    • Dean Perry

      May 9, 2019 at 5:45 pm

      The NRA will be next!!!!!!
      These kids will change America!!!!

      • paulette barrow

        May 9, 2019 at 8:59 pm

        @DEAN NRA ISNT GOING ANYWHERE AND YES THESE KIDS WILL CHANGE THE FUTURE NOT THE BRAIN WASHED KIDS WHO THINK DISARMING AMERICANS SO THE GOV CAN TAKE OVER EVERY BODIES LIFE AND END UP LIKE VENEZUALA,SO YES YOUR RIGHT THESE SMAET KIDS WHO SAW THE PROPAGANDA WILL CHANGE THE FUTURE FROM THE NWO ANTI CHRIST SYSTEM

  2. paulette barrow

    May 9, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    PEOPLE ARE BEING TRIGGERED TO DO THESE SHOOTINGS,HOW I DONT KNOW BUT THEY ARE JUST FOR THE PURPOSE OF SCREAMING GUN CONTROL AND DISARMING AMERICANS,SO PROUD OF THESE KIDS FOR NOT FALLING FOR THEY’RE SICK AGENDA

  3. Larry S. Buchanan Jr.

    May 14, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    As a USAF veteran, and the son of an NRA certified instructor, No gun law will solve anything. No gun has ever killed anyone in a mass shooting. It is the evil heart that kills like that. The 2nd Amendment gives us the absolute right to possess any weapon that the United States Military has. That Amendment is not given, nor guaranteed by Congress. It is an inalienable right, that cannot be legislated away. We as American citizens are endowed with the right, and responsibility to defend ourselves, our loved ones, and our Nation.

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