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Algonquin-based School District 300 parents hold demonstration as students participate in walkout

Algonquin-based School District 300 parents held their own demonstration Wednesday as students across the nation protested gun violence.
Algonquin-based School District 300 parents held their own demonstration Wednesday as students across the nation protested gun violence.

ALGONQUIN – Algonquin parents held their own demonstration Wednesday as students across McHenry County and the nation protested gun violence.

Students participated in 17-minute walkouts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, one minute for each of the students and staff members killed one month before at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Some McHenry County demonstrations included walking out of schools, while others – including those in District 300 – were limited to staying inside schools.

Lillian Colon, who has children in third and seventh grade, said the parent demonstration was organized in an effort to draw visibility to the issue. District 300 students weren’t allowed to leave the school to take part in the demonstrations.

“Since [the students] weren’t going to be able to go outside, we wanted to get the message across to the community,” Colon said. “We got a lot of support from people.”

Colon said the students in District 300 were encouraged to take part in activities inside the school rather than protesting outside. She said she was a little disappointed that the district wouldn’t allow outdoor protests, but she was glad the students inside were allowed to focus on the issue through activities such as writing letters.

“I can see both sides of it,” she said. “The issue needs to be addressed on a couple of fronts.”

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