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Oneonta, CCS Students

Join National Walkout

Maya Rouggly, Dandre Thomas and Raven Sunderland joined two dozen students outside OHS this morning to hold signs and protest gun violence as part of the National Walkout Day in support of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO,com)


From left, CCS seniors Emily Manzer, Mary Iversen, and junior Nicole Lionetti console each other as they honor the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Fla. (Parker Fisher/

Abbey Goulding didn’t mince words this morning when it came to telling her fellow Oneonta High School students how she felt about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on the one-month anniversary of the shooting that left 17 dead.

“Kids who should have been standing up on stage like this one in the spring, wearing the cap and gown are now lying in caskets under the ground because our government couldn’t control the weapons in America or the people getting a hold of them,” said Goulding. “So now it’s our time to be their voices that they lost too soon.”

Oneonta and Cooperstown high school students joined thousands of students across the United States in demonstrations to supporting the victims of the school gun violence.

“What school, festival or movie theater is next? Will I be next?” said OHS’ Caroline Bagby. “I am tired of having to worry about these things in my day-to-day life. Our lives matter more than guns, and if they don’t see that now they never will.”

A contingent of two dozen also gathered outside the school with signs, and others sold raffle tickets to raise money to buy school supplies for Parkland students.

At Cooperstown, nearly 100 students walked out in front of the building and read the biographies of the 17 dead aloud. They were also opportunities for students to write to the victims’ families or their local representatives to express their feelings on gun violence.

Students from both schools will participate in the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24. In Oneonta, the students will march from the school to Muller Plaza; Cooperstown students will join a rally in Cobleskill.

“We stand in solidarity,” said OHS’ Matthew Frederick. “Can our leaders say the same?”



  1. I graduated from ccs in 2009 and I’m appalled that they even went along with this walk out day… I have the deepest regrets for these families involved in the shootings but why blame something when it’s someone’s fault… I see both sides of the spectrum as a school bus driver I see these kids are getting worse every year and the parents do not discipline there children afraid of being brought up on charges of abuse. The parents more or less use school as a way to send there kids off so they are out of there hair. Also the schools are even to blame. Why is it that anyone can walk right into a school and just about go where ever they so choose, why are all these classroom doors chocked open when they are designed to lock when the door shuts, why is it that there is no metal detectors in a separate area ahead of a locked door. Ultimately why is nothing being done about it at all. It’s time to grow up here and take responsibility where it is due.

  2. Nonsense. We lived with threat of atomic bomb, had drills etc. These kids are ignoring the deaths daily of their peers from driving while texting or phoning, drugs are rampant, in spite of laws) and most of the students do not know what the guns laws are, what guns they are talking about or what will actually change the possibility of another rampage. I prefer the “walk-up” action. Walk up to the kids who are being bullied, ostracized and ignored.

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