Local student shot at school urges classmates not to walk out


Logan Cole, the victim of a high school shooting that took place at West Liberty-Salem last year, took to social media recently to speak out against the nationwide student walk-out demonstration that is planned for March 14.

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Labeled as the first large-scale, coordinated national demonstration following the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the event planned by organizers of the Women’s March calls for a 17-minute walkout, one minute for each of the 17 students and staff members that were killed. 

Cole, who was allegedly shot by Ely Serna, a fellow student who a brought a shotgun hidden in a backpack inside their school, calls for a different demonstration to protest gun violence.

RELATED: Logan Cole recounts the day he was shot at West Liberty-Salem High School 

"I invite all WL-S students, no matter your political views, to attend our memorial service for the Florida shooting victims. It will take place on Wednesday, March 14th, from 12:20-12:45 during lunch and homeroom. I feel that it is a good alternative to honor the victims of the shooting in a non-political way. I will not be participating in the Women's March walkout that day for the reasons mentioned in this video”, said Cole in a minute and a half video posted to his Facebook page.

RELATED: West Liberty-Salem shooting victim donates $22K in thanks for support

Schools around the country are preparing for the national walkout demonstration with some administrators  promising to suspend students who walk out, while others are using a softer approach, working with students to set up places on campus where they can remember the victims of the Florida shooting and express their views about school safety and gun control.

National demonstrations are also planned for March 24, with a march on Washington, D.C.; and on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado.


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