Kentucky students storm Frankfort on National Walkout Day

03/14/2018 03:56 PM

FRANKFORT- While students throughout the country and the commonwealth walked out of classes for National Walkout Day, around 200 students in Kentucky took their message of gun reform directly to state lawmakers, holding a rally on the steps of the state Capitol building.

Of the hundreds of students participating, dozens of students from Marshall County High School, who experienced their own school shooting January 23.

The students from Marshall County High School spoke of how their school has healed since the shooting in January that left two dead.

“We have started the healing process and we are working to get back to the new normal. We are adjusting well for the circumstances we went through,” said Taylor Toom, a Junior at Marshall County High School.

This walkout was designed to honor the lives of the 17 people who died as a result of the February 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Students from Marshall County High School say while the shooting in Florida resulted in more casualties, the shooting they experienced was hard due to how close the community is.

“They had a lot more casualties but we are really, really close knit communities so it definitely hurt us,” said Marley Kennedy, a Junior at Marshall County High School.

Marshall County High School students were not the only ones in attendance, however. Students from schools throughout Kentucky attended the rally. Isal Spears, a sophomore at South Oldham High School, attended the rally after feeling as if her school wasn’t doing enough to keep them safe.

“We don’t have enough gun restrictions and regulations. I’m upset because my school has book detectors, but it doesn’t have metal detectors.” she said.

Dozens of lawmakers participated in the rally as well.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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