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Instead of walkout, Co. Springs school takes part in team-building movement

Instead of walkout, Co. Springs...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - As thousands of schools across the country protest gun violence in schools by walking out, other schools are encouraging students to protest in another way.

Hundreds of students at Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy participated in the national "Walk Up Not Out" movement, promotes team-building exercises instead of planned walkouts.

A checklist of 17 items was given to students to represent the 17 lives lost in the Parkland High School mass shooting last month.

"It's the right thing to do," said Arianna Dominguez, a seventh-grader. "You should respect the people that didn't want to be in that situation, but had to be."

The checklist, pictured below, is what each student was given Wednesday morning to complete by the end of the day.

One item on the list states: "Say a kind word to 17 people who might not have someone to talk to."

"It makes me feel like a leader to be able to make a difference in people's lives," said Kory Davis, a seventh-grade student.

The exercises on the checklist range from writing handwritten notes to simply giving random people a high-five.

"If they have that caring attitude and kindness, they're going to be able to change the world," said Dan Carragher, an assistant principal at Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy.

For more information on the Walk Up Not Out movement, click here.


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