AJA Students Walk Out Later for Jewish Values
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AJA Students Walk Out Later for Jewish Values

Atlanta Jewish Academy upper school students were among thousands nationwide who walked out of class on March 14, 2018 to remember those killed at MSD High School in Parkland, Fla.

Students’ faces reflect their anguish at the loss of lives to gun violence.
Students’ faces reflect their anguish at the loss of lives to gun violence.

Atlanta Jewish Academy (AJA) upper school students were among thousands nationwide who walked out of class on March 14, 2018 to remember the 14 teens and three adults killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

While most protests throughout the nation took place at 10 a.m., AJA’s took place later, at 1:20 p.m., citing a desire to distance itself from the national protest because of anti-Semitic views expressed by some of its leaders.

Students lit candles for each of the victims’ names as they were read aloud, and Rabbi Adam Starr of Young Israel of Toco Hills recited Psalm 20 to memorialize the tragedy.

The students then marched for 17 minutes around the school campus and to High Point Road, some wearing T-shirts or holding signs with slogans like “Enough,” referring to the disturbing trend of school shootings in the U.S.

The students ended the demonstration with a moment of silence for the victims. 

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