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Aspen High School to partake in National Walkout Day

Staff report
Aspen Middle School students march protesting gun violence and in support of gun control for National Walkout Day on Wednesday. Wednesday marked the 1 month anniversary of the Parkland Florida school shooting.
Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times

Aspen High School schedule of events:

10-11 a.m.: Walk from Aspen High School to Paepcke Park

11-11:10: Introduction/speech at gazebo

Speaker: Emily Driscoll or Zoe Cramer

11:10-11:20: Speech about safety history

Speaker: Law enforcement speaker

11:20-11:30: Performance and petitions

Performer: Alex Coleman

11:30-11:40: Faculty speech

Speaker: Teacher TBD

11:40-11:50: Speech

Speaker: Tullis Burrows

11:50-noon: City speech

Speaker: Possible City Council rep

12-12:10 Closing remarks

Speaker: Emily or Zoe

12:15: Return to school

Walk back to high school for free BBQ and petition signing

Aspen High School students today are expected to join students all over the nation in marching and protesting gun violence on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High shooting in Littleton.

One month after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on March 14, a few hundred young students, parents and other community members made a similar march from Aspen Middle School to the Paepcke Park.

A group of Aspen High students walked out and marched around the school March 14, but set sights on a bigger protest planned for today.

Beginning at 10 a.m. today, Aspen High students will embark on the same 2-mile march from the high school to the park off Main Street.

At 11 a.m., Aspen High students and protest organizers Emily Driscoll or Zoe Cramer will deliver opening speeches at the gazebo.

A number of other speeches, demonstrations and petitions are slated to take place until 12:10 p.m.

At 12:15 p.m., the students will walk back to the high school for a BBQ and petition signing.

See sidebar a complete schedule of events and check tomorrow’s Aspen Times for coverage from the protest.