Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sallisaw High School Students Protest for Peace

Between 30 and 40 Sallisaw High School students and adults attended the student-sponsored Protest for Peace Friday morning at Sallisaw High School. The protest was not a walkout, but a rally against gun violence in schools and a vigil for the 17 killed on Feb.14 at a Florida school.

Brenna Sawney and James Limbaugh, far left, and Olivia Coulter helped organize the Protest for Peace held before classes began Friday at Sallisaw High School. As Limbaugh reads the names of those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, a Sallisaw student released a balloon in their memory. Limbaugh is also helping organize the student March for Our Lives to be held March 24 in Washington, D.C., and at state capitols throughout the United States, including Oklahoma City.

Although Friday’s protest at Sallisaw High School was organized by students they invited everyone to attend, and a few adults and parents did, including Jalene Slade of Sallisaw. Slade identified herself as an old hippie with a master’s degree, now retired. 

A proud family watches Brenna Sawney as she leads a Protest for Peace Friday morning at Sallisaw High School. Watching are, from the left, her sister Caitlin, and mother and father, Vicki and John Sawney.

Sallisaw High School students kicked off their Protest for Peace Friday morning with the singing of the National Anthem. Organizers Brenna Sawney, Olivia Coulter and James Limbaugh spoke at the rally, then read the names of those killed on Feb. 14 at a Florida High School while releasing balloons in their honor. Sawney told those attending, “We are here, because they aren’t.” The students ended the rally by registering to vote students who are age 18.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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