Students From Site of Michigan School Shooting Walkout in Support of Uvalde

Students at Oxford High School in Oxford Michigan walked out of class on Thursday in support of the victims of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas this week.

Oxford High School suffered a mass shooting in November 2021 that left four students dead and injured several others.

According to the Detroit Free Press, more than 100 students participated in the demonstration on Thursday which took place on a football field. The gathered students formed a letter "U" in support of the students in Uvalde.

Ethan Crumbley, who was a 15-year-old student at the high school at the time of the incident, was charged in connection with the November shooting in Oxford and in the murder of four students: Hana St. Juliana, 14, Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17.

Students at Michigan School Walkout for Uvalde
Students at Oxford High School in Oxford Michigan walked out of class on Thursday in support of the victims of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Here, Oxford High School on December 7, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan. Emily Elconin

On Tuesday, 19 students and two teachers were killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Texas officials identified the suspect in the shooting as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.

"There are families who are in mourning right now and the state of Texas is in mourning with them for the reality that these parents are not gonna be able to pick up their children," Texas Governor Greg Abbott said during a press conference on Tuesday.

In an email to Newsweek on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Oxford Community Schools said that the district was "made aware the national organization Students Demand Action planned a student walk out across the country today in response to the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas."

"As a community, our hearts are with Uvalde and we understand why some of our students chose to participate in the national walk out. Oxford Community Schools worked with our students, staff, and local law enforcement, as well as our district security personnel, to ensure the safety of our students participating in this peaceful event," Danielle Stublensky, the schools' public relations coordinator, said.

"We encourage our students to be actively engaged citizens who are knowledgeable about multiple viewpoints surrounding current events. We also encourage students to participate respectfully and peacefully in our democratic process and we encourage them to be respectful of others' opinions and viewpoints even as they express their own," Stublensky said.

Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization founded by family members of victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012, also spoke out following the shooting in Uvalde this week.

"Children should be safe at school. - Columbine - Sandy Hook - Santa Fe - Parkland - Oxford - #Uvalde We must turn our heartbreak and devastation into action. #EndGunViolence #ProtectOurKids," the organization stated on Twitter.

U.S. Congress hasn't passed any gun control legislation since the Sandy Hook shooting.

After the shooting on Tuesday, President Joe Biden said "it's time to turn this pain to action."

"I had hoped when I became president I would not have to do this, again. Another massacre," Biden said. "When in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen?"