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Linn-Mar students join National School Walkout ‘to let our elected leaders know that we want to see change’

Students at Linn-Mar High School will be participating in the National School Walkout on Friday, April 20. The nationwide event is being held on the anniversary of the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. […]

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‘I’m 12 years old, and I don’t want to be murdered’: Iowa City’s March for Our Lives protests political inaction on school shootings

Freezing temperatures and several inches of newly fallen snow weren’t enough to stop Students Against School Shootings Iowa (SASS) from leading a protest march from College Green Park to the University of Iowa’s Pentacrest on Saturday. […]

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‘We want change’: North Liberty school students walk-out to protest school shootings and political inaction

One of the busiest intersections in North Liberty became the site of a loud, determined protest on Friday afternoon. Students from North Central Junior High School and Liberty High School walked out of class at 2 p.m., and gathered at the corner of Forevergreen Rd. and Hwy. 965 to protest gun violence and the lack of political action following recent school shootings. […]

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Students at Cedar Rapids’ Washington High School staged walkout in memory of Florida shooting victims

Students at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids walked out of classes Wednesday morning and gathered around the school’s flagpole for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 people killed last week in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. […]

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Gov. Reynolds doesn’t have a plan to address school shootings, but thinks students and the federal government could do more

At her weekly press conference on Monday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said the federal government needs “to take the responsibility to do some things” to prevent future mass school shooting like the one in Parkland, Florida last week. She also called on “parents and students, school faculty and staff and members of the community to be especially vigilant for signs of potential violence.” […]

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‘What do we want? Safety!’: Iowa City students protest political inaction in the wake of school shootings

On Monday at 11 a.m., students walked out of classes at two Iowa City schools, City High School and Southeast Junior High School, in response to the mass shooting at a Florida school last week and failure of politicians to enact effective gun laws in the wake of previous school shootings. […]

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Iowa’s ‘stand your ground’ law will be tested following the jury verdict in the 2017 Ped Mall shooting

In a typical criminal trial, the announcement of the jury’s verdict is the most important moment. But the trial of Lamar Wilson for the deadly Aug. 27 shooting on Iowa City’s Ped Mall will be an exception. Because a post-conviction hearing will be the first test of Iowa’s “stand your ground” (SYG) law. […]

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Letter to the Editor: Let’s end the ‘tragic ritual’ of gun violence

By Oliver Hidalgo-Wohlleben I used to love to read the news. Growing up in Iowa with an international family instilled a sense of curiosity about the world outside of the Midwest. My dad would get the New York Times on Sundays and I would read it from front to back, even glancing at ads for […]

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