Lake Placid students to walk out for gun control

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid High School students will walk out of class Wednesday in response to a recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz allegedly killed 17 people, which included a football coach, an athletic director and multiple students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.

The LPHS isn’t the only case of students walking out. It’s a part of national movement to spur legislative action to prevent further shooting deaths, while also honoring those who were killed in Florida.

At 10 a.m., students and faculty across the nation will congregate outside their respective schools. The protests will last 17 minutes: one minute for every victim in Parkland. Those participating are encouraged to wear orange clothes in a somewhat ironic fashion because that’s the color many hunters wear when in the woods.

LPHS principal Dana Wood said because there will be so many students gathering in one place at the same time, local police will be on site, providing security. He also said LPHS students will not be penalized for missing part of class.

Wait for the more in-depth story in this week’s issue of the Lake Placid News.