BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)-Thousands of students participated in National Walkout day across the nation calling for an end of gun violence in schools. Students walked out of classes for 17 minutes to pay respects to the victims killed in Parkland Florida one month ago.
Here in Birmingham dozens of students at Huffman High school walked out for 18 minutes to honor the memory of 17 year old Courtlin Arrington who was killed at the school one week ago. 12th grade student DeCarlos Bates says it was the right thing to do.
“I walked out of class to participate in national walkout to show respect to the Florida victims and its due to them and it was a tragedy. And on the other hand we experienced a tragedy last Wednesday losing a member of our own. Seeing something like that happen on TV is one thing, and your heart goes out but it really opens up your eyes when it happens close to home” Bates said.
A memorial is set up at Huffman to pay tribute to Courtlin Arrington. Purple balloons and flowers and a white cross reminds students about the tragedy that ended the 17 year olds life. Purple was Arringtons favorite color, the student was planning to go to college to be a nurse.
“We are moving forward honoring Courtlin every single chance we get. We had a balloon release for Courtlin Monday Thats how we will get togther by sticking together and making sure we honor Courtlin everytime we get together”.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and City schools Superintendent Lisa Herring joined the students Wednesday morning at Huffman High school to show their support.