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Top 10: Students protest school shootings

Editor's note: This story is part of a series looking back at some of the biggest stories of 2018. Find the rest of the series here: Top Ten 2018.

Students at East Ridge, Park and Woodbury high schools walked out of classes March 14 to protest gun violence in the wake of the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The date was chosen because it was the one-month anniversary of the shooting, in which 17 people were shot to death by a former student. Student activists carried signs calling for stricter gun laws and observed 17 minutes of silence, one each for the victims.

At Park High School, senior Abby Wamstad spoke of the frustration and fear among her classmates after word spread of the Florida rampage.

"We just want to make it harder for unstable people to hurt us," she said.

In the weeks following the shooting, several Minnesota school districts dealt with alleged shooting threats on social media. In District 833, two juveniles who attended East Ridge High School, were arrested after they posted allusions to a shooting that would take place at the school. FBI investigators concluded the students had neither the intent nor the means to carry out the threats and that the incident was not connected to the Parkland shooting.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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