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Minneapolis’ South High School students march under clear skies, the watchful eye of Principal Aponte, and the flight of an eagle.

COURTESY SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL’S FACEBOOK PAGE

By SOUTHHIGHSCHOOL FACEBOOK PAGE AND PARTIALLY ADAPTED FROM THE GUARDIAN

On March 14, 2018, specifically, memorializing the mass shooting one month before and, generally, heightening awareness and a call for action, thousands of high school students walked out of their schools in peaceful but poignant marches all over the U.S., Minnesota, Minneapolis, and here pictured at South High School in south Minneapolis.

On February 14, 2018 Seventeen people were killed as the United States endured another horrifying school shooting at the hands of a teenage gunman armed with an AR-15 assault rifle. Twelve people died inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Two died just outside the building, one died in a nearby street and two victims died in hospital.

After initial reports of a shooter, officers surrounded the campus, directing the evacuation of hundreds of students from the scene, while other teens hid inside closets and under desks to stay safe.

A teacher, said the school “could not have been more prepared for this situation”, adding, “We have trained the kids for what to do. We did everything that we were supposed to do.”

“I feel today like our government, our country, has failed us and failed our kids and didn’t keep us safe,” she continued.

The tragedy appears to be the eighth deadliest mass shooting in modern US history and one of the worst-ever school massacres.

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