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Mason City student activists to hold event to recognize victims of gun violence


This news story was published on April 18, 2018.
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MASON CITY – The Mason City High School Student Activist Group has organized an event to stand in solidarity with the student victims of gun violence.

This event will be held Friday, April 20, 2018, at the Mason City High School Gym during “Mohawk Pride Time”. The Student Activist Group is partnering with the Mason City High School Student Senate to sponsor a listening post and panel discussion on safety.

Student participants will meet at the front entrance of the high school at 12:30 p.m. and walk outside, weather permitting, to the gym. A student-led question and answer listening post and panel discussion is planned to provide students with an opportunity to voice their concerns, questions, and statements regarding the safety of our school and how they can make a difference. Several local and state representatives will be present to answer questions. Those representatives scheduled to participate are:

State Senator Amanda Ragan
State Representative Sharon Steckman
Mason City Mayor Bill Schickel
Mason City Chief of Police Jeff Brinkley
Mason City Superintendent of Schools Dave Versteeg

This student led activity is optional for students.  Students not participating will report to Mohawk Pride Time and period 5 as normal.  An invitation was sent to parents with details of the event including an explanation of the purpose of the event.

Parents are welcome to attend as listeners and are required to RSVP to the high school office.

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71 Responses to Mason City student activists to hold event to recognize victims of gun violence

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    mint Reply Report comment

    April 26, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Hitler approved.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 23, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Or how about that stupid active shooter training that states that it’s not safe to protect your business with a gun. It’s better to hide and then rush the shooter as a last resort unarmed !!!! Nice f n advice if you want to die. As the cops who spread this garbage protect themselves, place of business and homes with GUNS !! How can they with any moral clarity preach that shit !!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 21, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Brainwashed ??? Whst an idiot !! What do you call a bunch of kids who are led around by the liberal media and the DNC. What do they say if your not liberal by the age of 20 you have no heart. If you are not conservative by the age of 40 you have no BRAIN !!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    When being political correct trumps actually going to school, we are in a sad place as a country. Next will be a walk out on knifes, the pitchforks, then toothpicks.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    I heard James Comey wanted to make it but needed to spend some time keeping himself out of prison.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    wow no Stormy Weathers, I’m surprised!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    5 liberals that need to be voted out.

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      bodacious Reply Report comment

      April 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      The chief of police is not an elected position nor is the superintendent of schools. Read something that isn’t fake news and you might learn something.

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        Reality Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2018 at 7:04 pm

        You should stay off this site until you have the report done and ready to submit it to all NIT readers. You have until tomorrow, and then you will get a failing grade.

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    mint Reply Report comment

    April 20, 2018 at 1:54 am

    Fact Pharmaceuticals/witchcraft and sorcery is attributed to more deaths yearly than staged wars combined, yet no one is demanding big pharma/http://www.dictionary.com/browse/allopathic to be shut down why because the same group owns both and everything else on this earth except your soul, the first thing dictators do is take peoples ability to defend themselves away, apparently this group is in cupcake land and not aware of that blaring fact. The “brainwashed” on display.

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    Jay Zabacus Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    It’s great how they brought in all those Democrat politicians. That will certainly help.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 19, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      The democrats could make it but the republicans are too busy kissing NRA ass.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 19, 2018 at 5:10 pm

        …..And lining their pockets with NRA money.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 20, 2018 at 7:20 am

          And this is what the Republican Party has come to, being proud and gloating about using other human beings as target practice because you disagree with their political views.
          America is becoming a Third World country because of Republicans like you.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 20, 2018 at 9:11 am

          Only a Dumb Ass like you has to worry.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 20, 2018 at 9:22 am

          Well what do you know. My first post was deleted, unlike bodacious I had a issue with my tax money being used being used on a partisan protest like taking away one of our constitutional rights. So, I contacted someone who knows what is happening. I was told that a group of students had asked to walk out in support of gun control. They were told they could do it only if it was voluntary and peaceful. Then when they came back in they would hold a seminar with speakers from both sides of the issue telling their side. They will use this as a teaching experience to educate the kids in the process. As long as the keep it fair and balanced I do not have a problem with it. Of course liberals won’t like it because both sides will be represented.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2018 at 2:08 pm

        demo/liberals/illuminati’s have nothing better to do

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        MattG Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2018 at 2:10 pm

        Meanwhile: President Trump opens/expands ethanol trade with Japan and secures the China will pay tariffs just like they charge us.
        But you liberal -dumbocrats go to your walk out, you walked out on the American people long ago.

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          Anonymous..... Reply Report comment

          April 20, 2018 at 2:31 pm

          hahaha,
          Trump loves to have brainwashed dumb asses just like you in his camp.
          Thanks for the laugh, I need that today.

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            Casino

            April 20, 2018 at 6:53 pm

            You want a daily laugh, look in the mirror, you worthless loser.

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            Anonymous.....

            April 20, 2018 at 7:49 pm

            Hahaha
            I think I’ll just keep coming here for my daily laugh! You brainwashed, first grade educated, Trump supporters are way way funnier than my goofy looks. Just keep posting your BS and proving to the world how brainwashed and uneducated you really are… hahahaha

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            Anonymous

            April 21, 2018 at 2:40 pm

            All you can come back with is name calling? Easy to see who the uneducated one is!

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    Sad Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I am sure glad the extra money the school system just took from me goes for great events like this

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 19, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      How is any money being spent on this? Even if it would, your 59 cents doesn’t buy much.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2018 at 8:45 am

    It was the political correct shit that killed those kids in Florida. Obahma not wanting any kid to be referred for criminal charges killed those kids. The sheriff got funding for reducing crime. It’s easy to reduce crime when you never charge anybody with a crime. That’s the liberal way. Look it works !!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 20, 2018 at 12:03 am

      WTF are you rambling about you sick bastard. Wounder how you would think after being shot at with a AR-15?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2018 at 7:19 am

        He’s right and you are wrong, again.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2018 at 7:25 am

        O.K. enough B.S. If you want to know the answer to all this all you have to do is ask someone who knows and they will explain it to you. I took the time to ask a board member why my tax money was being used for something like this. Bodacious doesn’t know crap as usual. However, the school is using this as a teaching experience. The walkout was proposed by some students (not the school) They will be allowed to walk out (only if they want to). When they return to school there will be speakers both for against gun control. They will all have a opportunity to speak so the kids get both sides of the issue. It will be a good experience for them. The school is not taking sides in the issue.

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          bodacious Reply Report comment

          April 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm

          How is your tax money being used for this? What expenses are there?

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            bodacious

            April 20, 2018 at 6:44 pm

            You right wing wackos are the only ones on this site who delete things. The gang of 5 is notorious for that and you are a card carrying member.

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            Reality

            April 20, 2018 at 6:58 pm

            And you know that how? more fake BS from the teacher.

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            Anonymous

            April 24, 2018 at 8:03 am

            And, that from a Nut Job Liberal.

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        Sgt. Donny Donowitz Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2018 at 12:13 pm

        How would you like to get hit in the head with a Louisville Slugger? I’d pay to see that!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2018 at 8:42 am

    The problem with this is that the adults need to be in charge. We need to harden the schools protect the kids quit the stupid political correct shit that will just get more kids killed.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Look at me I’m important !! Guns are bad violence is bad look at me I’m important !! Now do what we said when someone has a gun in the school hide until you get shot in the back.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 19, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Thanks to all the gun-rights lovers there are now more firearms everywhere than ever before to fall into the hands of crazies nationwide.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 19, 2018 at 7:19 am

      We will do our best to keep them away from crazies like you.

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      Allen Reply Report comment

      April 19, 2018 at 8:29 am

      That all started with Obama. Besides, the “gun-rights lovers” as you call them, are not running out and buying guns to give away to the crazies nationwide. Unless you have verified proof of what you say, try not to spread fake news. That’s already being done by real news outlets.

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        bodacious Reply Report comment

        April 19, 2018 at 8:55 am

        Blame it on Obama? Good Allen. Isn’t it time for you to start deleting comments?

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          Allen Reply Report comment

          April 19, 2018 at 9:00 am

          I’ll be right behind you! Besides, I don’t have the power to delete comments, I don’t own this site. If I did have the power, there would be several posters on this site that would never be heard.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 19, 2018 at 10:07 am

          Thanks boduechious for running your pie hole again.

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    Both hands on the wheel Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Their idea is good, but they should work harder on things they can control, like.

    ◦32.8% of high school students nationwide have texted or e-mailed while driving.
    ◦12% of distracted drivers involved in fatal car accidents were teens ages 15 to 19.
    ◦Talking on a cell phone can double the likelihood of an accident and can slow a young driver’s reaction time to that of a 70-year-old.
    ◦Drivers under the age of 20 make up the largest percentage of distracted drivers.
    ◦56% of teens admit to talking on cell phones while driving.
    ◦13% of teens admit to texting while driving.
    ◦34% of teens age 16 and 17 admit that they send and respond to text messages while driving.
    ◦48% of kids ages 12 to 17 report being in a car when the driver was texting

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      OWI Reply Report comment

      April 18, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      And,

      ◦About 1/4 of fatal teen car accidents involve underage drinking and driving. (MADD)
      ◦About 5.8% of 16- and 17-year-olds and 15.1% of 18- to 20-year-olds reported driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year. (MADD)
      ◦About 8.2% of high school students reported driving a car or other vehicle one or more times when they had been drinking alcohol.
      ◦13.5% of 12th graders reported driving after drinking.
      ◦Kids who start drinking young are 7x more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash. (MADD)
      ◦33% of the young drivers ages 15 to 20 who were killed in crashes had a BAC of .01 or higher and 28% had a BAC of .08 or higher (the legal limit for drivers over age 21).
      ◦Nearly 60% of young drivers involved in fatal drinking and driving crashes didn’t use a seat belt.
      ◦70 % of young drivers who died in underage drinking and driving accidents didn’t use a seat belt.
      ◦27% of the young male drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking at the time of the crash, compared with 15% of the young female drivers involved in fatal crashes

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 19, 2018 at 7:21 am

        It looks like they need to take action against themselves and not worry about the occasional Democrat with a gun.

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          Reality Reply Report comment

          April 19, 2018 at 7:55 am

          It would seem that way. Besides the little noise that they do make won’t be heard by anybody a block away. It’s just a feel good thing, and there’s nothing wrong with feeling good. Maybe that’s why they text or use alcohol while driving.

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    Southsider Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I applaud the the effort, let’s talk about texting and driving when 11 young adults are killed everyday!! Advocate about restricting their phone use, something they could truly control, but doubt they would want too. Can’t even leave them in the locker during school hours. Start there

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    If they wanted to be proactive it would be titled how to keep our schools safe and solutions to do that and wanting input.

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      bodacious Reply Report comment

      April 18, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Perhaps that will be part of their panel discussion or listening post. The negativity that you all exhibit is amazing.

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        Reality Reply Report comment

        April 19, 2018 at 9:23 am

        Make sure that you go to the event, take notes, then come back and report what was said. Make it interesting, and above all, report the truth. Remember, you will be evaluated on your communication and comprehension skills and your ability to report the truth in an unbiased report.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 19, 2018 at 6:56 pm

          There’s one word in your reply to Bodacious that would ensure she would receive a failing grade. “Unbiased”.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    It’s America they can express themselves stupidly all they want !!

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    bodacious Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Did any of you read the article? There was nothing mentioned about taking your guns away. It is an open event so those students can express their views regardless of which side they favor. These kids said they want to stand with “student victims of gun violence”. They can’t do that in your America? Then your America isn’t this America and you should move. It is nice to see that there are some adults in MC who want to do more than just bitch about everything. Kudos to our legislators, school officials and chief of police.

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    Mike Rotch Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    If our government officials and lawmakers cared about their citizens, then they would make gun violence ILLEGAL!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 18, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      Pull your head out, gun violence IS illegal!

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 19, 2018 at 7:22 am

        Ha, ha, then why do liberals continue to violate the law?

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 19, 2018 at 5:09 pm

          So glad we are not on the same team. I would not want to ever be associated with you!!

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 19, 2018 at 8:56 pm

          Obviously they can’t understand it.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    HOGG wanabeeees !

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      Reality Reply Report comment

      April 19, 2018 at 9:06 am

      I doubt that they will ever be that famous? Maybe KIMT Rochester will show up, maybe.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Teaching kids to be sheep

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      Edward Hunter Reply Report comment

      April 19, 2018 at 9:31 am

      The politically correct term is called, Brain Washing.

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        I should know Reply Report comment

        April 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm

        And teachers do it well.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 20, 2018 at 7:04 pm

          You are a real fu*king dumbass

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            Plt. Sgt.

            April 26, 2018 at 1:53 pm

            Mike F. again!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    If I was an elected official I would be embarrassed participating.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I’m against gun violence!!! No shit !! So stupid !! Kinda like saying I’m against child abuse !! Just after tax payer money or taking rights away. All feel good no solutions…. idiots

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      Anonymous.. Reply Report comment

      April 19, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      You are Bath Tissue

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      Anonymous.. Reply Report comment

      April 19, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      It is pretty sad that these High school Teenagers are more mature the most of the Adults that commented on this story.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 18, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Why don’t these self proclaimed children of democraps- demonstrate for opoids (pain killers) drug overdoses that have killed a 1000 times more people INCLUDING their own generation of government indoctrinated zombies.