PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — As the nation reels from the latest mass school shooting in which 10 people were killed, dozens of students at a Brooklyn school staged a walk-in Monday to honor victims and demand stricter gun laws.
Students from William Alexander Middle School 51, a Brooklyn middle school, rallied in response to the Santa Fe School shooting, in which a student is accused of opening fire, killing two teachers and eight of his fellow students Friday morning.
The Brooklyn middle school students staged the walk-in — in which they rallied before classes started, then walked into school five minutes late — to demand stricter gun laws.
"We knew it was really important and we felt we needed to do something, because this can't keep happening," one of the organizers, Rose Bell McKinley, said. "We need gun control, and legislation. Something needs to change, and something needs to get done, and we knew that, and that's why we organized this. And also, obviously, to remember the victims of these horrible attacks."
Monday's action came five weeks after the campus participated in the National School Walkout on March 14, in which thousands of students walked out of school in response to a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people in February.
Anastasia Leahy, 14, helped organize both demonstrations.
"We could not believe that we had to organize yet another thing so quickly, but we really felt that it was important to do it fast," she said of the latest protest.
Students held signs and taped posters to the front of the campus that said "books not bullets" and "I should be reading books, not eulogies," as they chanted “enough is enough, and “we call b.s.” — a rallying cry started by Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Florida school shooting.
Students organizers read off names of victims in the Santa Fe shooting, then held a moment of silence before the group entered school.
Some students wore orange post-it notes on their clothing with the names of victims of gun violence on them. Orange is the national color of gun safety.
So far this year, CNN reports there has been, on average, a school shooting every week this year.