Local students walk out to 'do our part' and protest gun violence

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High students form a heart on the school’s football field, above, during the National School Walkout March 14, honoring the 17 victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shootings. Mountain View High students, right, join in the walkout on their campus, with some students holding protest signs calling for stricter gun laws.

Los Altos High School student Reilly Dennedy read the names of the 17 victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shootings as hundreds of her fellow students stood in silence at 10 a.m. March 14 on the school’s football field.

They left their classes to participate in the National School Walkout, marking the one-month anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and demanding stricter gun control policies.

Bullis Charter student speaks at conference on climate change

Courtesy of Stacey Walter
Bullis Charter School eighth-grader Keshav Shah attends the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference in Canada with teacher Michelle Sanfilippo in early March.

Bullis Charter School eighth-grader Keshav Shah and a group of fellow student representatives received a standing ovation for the paper they presented at the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, held March 5-7 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Sponsored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the conference was designed to assess academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change.

MVLA, LASD call for school safety legislation

In response to the recent spate of school shootings, trustees of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and the Los Altos School District unanimously passed resolutions at their respective meetings March 12 requesting that the U.S. Congress and the State Legislature introduce legislation promoting school safety.

The Los Altos School District’s Resolution 17/18-23 and MVLA’s Resolution 18-18 ask the federal government to take action to protect schools. Resolution 18-18 specifically urges the state and Congress to “implement common-sense measures that prioritize student safety,” and Congress to “pass specific legislation that reduces the risk and severity of gun violence on school campuses and repeals the prohibition against data collection and research on gun violence by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.”

Loyola 3rd-graders ask for inclusive playground

Courtesy of Grace Choi
Los Altos Mayor Jean Mordo, back row, center, visits Loyola School third-graders and their teacher Tracy Grinberg, back right, and student teacher Lauren Ewing, back left, March 14.

When Los Altos Mayor Jean Mordo visited Loyola School March 14 to answer third-graders’ questions about public service, the students asked, “How can we get an inclusive playground on campus?”

An inclusive playground is designed as a safe place for children of all abilities and ages.

Enough is enough

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High junior Brynna Mitchner, center, delivers a speech she wrote about gun violence beside senior Jia Seow, left, and junior Reilly Dennedy, right, during the National Student Walkout on the school’s football field.

Following is the speech Mitchner delivered at the March 14 National School Walkout at Los Altos High School.

More security at MVLA schools during student walkout protests

Courtesy of Brynna Mitchner
Los Altos High School junior Brynna Mitchner, left, and fellow student Miyuki Ozawa make signs for today’s student walkout.

As local high school students participate in today’s National School Walkout in protest of gun violence, Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District officials have taken measures to keep them safe.

The walkout is scheduled 10-10:17 a.m. at Los Altos and Mountain View High schools, followed by brunch on both campuses.

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