Brownsville students join national walkout against gun violence

BROWNSVILLE — Nearly all of St. Joseph Academy’s students filed out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. Wednesday and gathered at the school’s entrance gate. They were among thousands of students nationwide who walked out of class in a show of solidarity with victims of mass shootings.

BROWNSVILLE — Nearly all of St. Joseph Academy’s students filed out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. Wednesday and gathered at the school’s entrance gate. They were among thousands of students nationwide who walked out of class in a show of solidarity with victims of mass shootings.

“As minors we are vulnerable, but we also have a voice,” said 17-year-old Gemma Cisneros, reading from prepared remarks. “We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things and guns, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.”

The peaceful demonstration coincided with walkouts marking one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead.

St. JosephAcademy students listened quietly as their peers at the microphone spoke about their responsibility to care for one another, their families and society at large. They called on Congress to pass legislation addressing gun violence.

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