‘If we don’t take action, who will?’: Utah students participate in nationwide walkout

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Huddled on the football field bleachers under light rain, hundreds of Brighton High School students sat in silence Wednesday as the names of victims of the recent Parkland, Florida school shooting were read aloud.

Students in attendance said they reflected on the deaths of 17 students and teachers and their own roles in furthering the national conversation on school safety.

At the conclusion of the observance at Brighton High, student organizer Isaac Reese called on each of his classmates to send an email to their elected representatives by the end of the day.

“We cannot let students our age die in vain,” Reese said. “If we don’t take action, who will?”

Brighton High student Kadin Lightel said he attended the event to mourn the loss of the students and school employees who died in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Brighton students are on the track holding signs with the names of the students killed during the Parkland massacre on Feb. 14.

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“I’m also here because there needs to be a conversation about what’s going on because this is happening so often,” Lightel said.

Isaac Reese, president of Brighton High’s Young Democrats Club, asks the crowd to quiet.

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“The fact that people can’t feel safe at school anymore is just a really scary thing because this is supposed to be a safe space.”

He thanks students for walking out. He asks crowd for one minute of silence to remember the Parkland victims.

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The mood was somber and it was eerily quiet. The only audible sounds were people sniffling and a drone flying overhead.

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