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Oro Valley students plan walkout

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ORO VALLEY - Rebecca Shanks and Hope Hisey have never known a time when the phrase 'school shooting' was not part of the vocabulary. 

"The group of students that is going to be participating in this event is the group of students who has grown up practicing lockdown drills, going into closets to hide from school shooters," Shanks, a junior at Canyon Del Oro High School said. 

Shanks and Hisey will lead their school in a nationwide walkout in support of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, one month after the shooting. They hope this protest is instrumental in stopping gun violence in schools. 

"We are not naïve to the situation," Shanks said. "Our voices are important to the debate about what should be done."

On Wednesday March 14 at 10 a.m., students who choose will walkout of class and head for the football field. A 17-minute statement, one for every victim in Parkland. 

"Safety is not a political issue," Hisey said. "It is an issue that we have to combat together and if we're truly going to make a difference. I think a lot of people at our school want to make a difference and they will walk out with us." 

"We're having a lockdown this March," Canyon Del Oro junior Angelina Davidson said. "We don't know when it's going to happen. It's supposed to happen during passing period and we're told to get to get a classroom and that just scares me because it's going to be chaos." 

Shanks went to elementary school with Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old killed in the January 8 shooting.  

"It felt very emotional and somewhat helpless," Shanks recalled. "I felt young and incapable of doing something about the situation so i'm really happy helping to plan this walkout will help to show students that they can have a voice."  

The Amphitheater School District tells News 4 Tucson it won't discipline any student who chooses to walk out of class. 

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