Huron Students Demand Action hold a student walkout against gun violence in honor of recent MSU shooting


Zain Charania

More than about 200 students gathered around the arch to participate in the walkout.

Anjali Nadarajah, Copy Editor

**This article includes an anonymous student as a source they will be referred to as Sara Smith. 


On Feb. 13, 2023, shots were fired on campus at Michigan State University. Three students were killed and five others injured.


Exactly one month later on Mar. 13, 2023, at 2:13 p.m., Huron Students Demand Action organized a school walkout honoring the mass shooting at Michigan State University. 


Senior Katy Winkler started Huron Students Demand Action with sophomore Selene Koremenos-Tsebelis, in hopes of putting an end to gun violence. 


“I think we’re bringing awareness to the issue and showing our support for MSU,” Winkler said. “Even if we don’t know anybody, even if we don’t have any friends or family [at MSU] , if we don’t do something, there’s the fear that [a school shooting] might happen to us.”


The arch was packed with approximately 200 students, freshman through seniors, all to support the cause in the US, despite the 33 degree weather. 


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One participant, sophomore Sophie Lee, participated because of MSU’s importance in her and her family’s life, like many others at the walkout, and even across the state. The connections people have to MSU are aplenty, and it’s evident how the shooting has affected them. 

“My mom attended Michigan State University, so it has always been like a pillar in my family’s life,” she said. “It’s horrible that something like this happened somewhere that’s so important to me. It’s scary because it’s so close to our home.”


Yet some students at Huron High School question the purpose of the walkout. As of 9:02 p.m., Mar. 13, 2023,  a poll conducted on “The Huron Emery” instagram  revealed that of 261 students, 54 percent of students do not think school walkouts are effective. 


Student Sara Smith thought it was fruitless to the cause. 


“Is one high school walking out of a building and back going to make the government change their gun laws,” she said. “It’s not going to convince them to make a change.”


This didn’t affect the turnout. Winkler is glad to see that many people want to contribute to stop gun violence in schools. 


 “It was really important to emphasize how important gun violence is and make sure that these kids understand that we can make a difference,” Winkler said. 


At 3:00 p.m. that day, Huron Announce sent an email recognizing the student-led walkout, urging those to respect the rights of all students. 


“At HHS we recognize that our students are actively engaged citizens who are knowledgeable about multiple viewpoints surrounding current events,” the email said. “We will always work with our student leaders and coordinate supervision and procedures to assure student safety on our campuses.”