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Oakwood and Fairmont High Schools held a joint rally this morning at Fraze Pavillion. The rally was one of hundreds taking place across the country as part of a “National School Walkout” movement. The purpose of the rally was to call attention to school shootings and call for stricter gun laws.

Meigan Karolak is fifteen and a sophomore at Fairmont. She’s one of the co-organizers of the rally. 

Many students at Oakwood High School walked out of school March 14, one month after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17 people.
Samuel Caruso

Hundreds of young people, teachers and parents are expected to gather Friday for another National School Walkout in protest of school shootings.

Students from at least two Dayton high schools are organizing the rally at the Lincoln Park Civic Commons at Fraze Pavilion.

The Dayton rally is one of more more than 2,000 simultaneous protests planned across the country Friday. It’s the third mass student-led anti-gun-violence event since the Feb. 14 high school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.

Ohio Statehouse
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A bill to strengthen and standardize training for school resource officers is on its way to the Senate. The legislation includes funding for schools so they can pay for officers to get that training. 

As a House committee discussed the need to improve school resource officer training, the Chardon High School shooting came up frequently.

The fatal attack in 2012 by 17-year-old T.J. Lane left three students dead.

Frank Hall, a former teacher and coach at Chardon, has been hailed as a hero for chasing Lane out of the building during the shooting.

Dayton's March For Our Lives anti-gun-violence rally drew hundreds of protesters to Courthouse Square
Robert Pieper / WYSO

Emotional speeches and chants filled Courthouse Square Saturday for the Dayton March For Our Lives protest. People in other Ohio cities, including Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, also gathered for anti-gun-violence demonstrations. 

The rallies were timed to coincide with the national March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. That student-led march drew hundreds of thousands of protesters to the nation's capital, the Associated Press reports, numbers that make it one of the largest youth protest marches in decades.