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Gun Proponent Shows Up at Palo Alto High School Walkout
by R. Robertson
Monday Mar 19th, 2018 5:34 AM
A lone dissenter stood beside his flat-bed truck decorated with a white flag with the slogan ”Come and Take it”. The scene: Corner of Embarcadero and El Camino Real in Palo Alto in front of Palo Alto H.S. where a rally of hundreds of students, parents, PTA members and community members called for stricter gun laws.
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A rally of hundreds for gun control at Palo Alto High School drew one dissenting student who stood near his truck decorated with a large American flag and a white flag with the slogan ”Come and Take it”. That slogan originated during the 1835 Texas Revolution, but is now usually used to protest government overreach and by gun-rights proponents in particular. The high school junior told a group of student journalists that he brought the flags to the March 14 rally to defend the Second Amendment.

In the Palo Alto school district, two elementary schools, both middle schools and both high schools, Palo Alto High School (Paly) and Gunn High School, held walkouts. Student speakers at Paly upended a trash can to create a raised podium and called for expanded background checks and a federal ban of assault weapons. The Raging Grannies provided amplification equipment and added their voices to chants that called out the NRA for being responsible for the mass murder of students in Parkland, Florida and elsewhere.

The Paly students were joined by young women from nearby Castilleja School for girls. According to the Palo Alto Weekly, the Castilleja and Palo Alto school district administrations said they did not sanction a walkout but supported the students' right to protest; at Palo Alto High students who missed tests or quizzes were allowed to retake them for full credit.
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by R. Robertson Monday Mar 19th, 2018 5:34 AM
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please credit the author if you use this photo. Teri Vershel. For non-commercial use only.
§Castilleja students joined the crowd
by R. Robertson Monday Mar 19th, 2018 5:34 AM
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please credit the author if you use this photo. Teri Vershel. For non-commercial use only.
§Student speaker atop an upended trash can
by R. Robertson Monday Mar 19th, 2018 5:34 AM
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please credit the author if you use this photo. Teri Vershel. For non-commercial use only.
§Raging Grannies joined students
by R. Robertson Monday Mar 19th, 2018 5:34 AM
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photo by Dick Damian
§The crowd
by R. Robertson Monday Mar 19th, 2018 5:34 AM
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please credit the author if you use this photo. Teri Vershel. For non-commercial use only.
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by R. Robertson Monday Mar 19th, 2018 5:34 AM
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please credit the author if you use this photo. Teri Vershel. For non-commercial use only.
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please credit the author if you use this photo. Teri Vershel. For non-commercial use only.
§Raging Grannies Sing
by R. Robertson Monday Mar 19th, 2018 5:34 AM
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Photo: Linda Otero