Lewiston-Auburn students plan walkouts to honor shooting victims


Students at Lewiston High School and Edward Little High School in Auburn are planning 17-minute walkouts on March 14 to honor students and teachers who died at the Feb. 14 Florida high school shooting.

The walkouts are listed on an Action Network website, https://tinyurl.com/yb7rl2sn.

The “Enough” walkouts will be held for 17 minutes, from 10 to 10:17 a.m., each minute honoring one of the 17 Florida victims.

The purpose of the walkout is also to emphasize that change is needed, Lewiston High School junior Christa Wilcox said Tuesday.


“I think it’s awful that in today’s world students can’t feel safe going to school,” she said, “that there are people out there who will come in and kill us. I don’t think anybody’s really doing enough about it.”

She hopes the nationwide walkouts will get the attention of lawmakers.

“I don’t think we should have assault weapons available to citizens,” she said. “They’re meant to kill people. They’re not meant for hunting.”

Superintendent Bill Webster said Tuesday the administration supports the students.
“We look forward to working with students in helping to give them voice and purpose for this time,” he said. “Most everyone is on vacation this week, but we will have a couple of weeks to work collaboratively on the day.”

Edward Little High School student Leah Burtchell, who said in an email to the Sun Journal that she’s also involved in planning the walkout and a march, also wrote to Maine’s congressional delegation asking for action. She shared that letter with the Sun Journal.

The number of school shootings in the country “is not normal, and we should not feel that it is normal,” Burtchell said. She asked: Should the right to bear arms include military weapons meant for war “handed to a 19-year-old with mental health problems? … I am a 15-year-old sophomore at Edward Little High School. School no longer feels safe to me or my peers,” she wrote.

She added that the federal government is failing to protect people. “Gun control is vital, and we don’t have enough of it,” she said.

“How many deaths is it going to take for someone in power to stand up and do something?” she said.



  • samtu1974

    They plan a walk out to get out of school. Has nothing to do with anything else. But it is a good excuse to get out of school work. I say let them and add a day at the end of the year to make up the lost time.

  • Danny Fitzsimmons

    good then cut the budget by 25,000.00, think maybe they could do this more often!!! Why dont they spend their time researching violent crimes then maybe they will figure out the AR-15 is the least likely weapon of killing, matter OF FACT IT’S A KNIFE so let’s ban silverware!!!! FACT IT’S NOT THE GUNS IT’S SOCIETY!!!

  • Jon Mennealy

    They aren’t leaving school for the day. They are taking 17 minutes to honor the 17 (students and teachers) who were killed in the Parkland shooting. Students just like themselves. And they want to make the point that they no longer feel safe in school, as a mass shooting like that can happen anywhere. Don’t we take 2 days off from work each year to honor veterans? Whole days? (I don’t, because the company I work for doesn’t close for those holidays.)