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Students At A Predominantly Black Miami High School Held A Walkout Against Gun Violence And National Media Barely Covered It

Students are fed up with the rampant gun violence ravaging their community.

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On Tuesday, Miami Northwestern Senior High School students walked out of class to protest gun violence after the shooting deaths of two local teenagers.  

Scores of students took to the streets with signs chanting, "Enough is enough" and "No justice, no peace."  For an hour, they marched in memory of 17-year-old Kimson Green, a 10th-grader at the school, and 18-year-old Rickey Dixon, a former student, who were both killed over the weekend.

"We're walking out to show that we have a voice. We can speak out for the right thing," 10th-grader Samya McMillan told Local 10 News. "Stop the violence and everything that is very unnecessary in today's society."

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) supported the students' call for action. Months prior, Wilson was attacked by President Donald Trump after she attempted to protect the good name of the widow of fallen soldier Sgt. La David T. Johnson. She said these students are no different than the survivors from the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting. 

"We're moving right along with Parkland, listening to the children and how they're going to solve this inner-city gang, shooting, gun problem that we have," she said.

Kimson was an honor student who was inducted into the National Honor Society. He was adored by his fellow classmates. 

"I got to bury my child -- my only child," Kimson's mother, Dominique Green, said. "Parents be saying I had a good child. No, I really had an A1A student -- an A1A student – it's just where I live at. That's all."

While the walkout trended on Twitter the day of the march, it did not receive the same coverage as the Parkland student activists. Mayor Philip Levine commended the students for their call to an end of gun violence. 

They also received support from the March for Our Lives movement.  This is only the beginning for many of the students. There are plans for other marches to address gun violence and break up gangs that threaten the safety of their community. Police are still investigating the shooting deaths of the victims and looking for possible suspects. 
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