BOZEMAN - Hundreds of Bozeman High school students walked out of school on Friday in protest over gun and safety laws.
Over 300 students and parents joined in a protest walkout from the school to Senator Steve Daines office in downtown Bozeman. Many students protesting disagreed with the Republican senator’s stance on gun control and reform.
The protest was in response to the recent rise in school shootings the protest was driven by over a dozen of student organizers.
One of the protest organizers, student Timea Laatschit told MTN News how the protest came to be.
"[It] was me and a group of 15 other people and we all kind of found each other knowing something needs to happen, so we just kind of got the word out to everyone we could. We were telling everyone in the school. The goal was really to raise awareness that we don’t feel safe in our schools and that’s something that shouldn’t be, schools a place for learning and not a place for fear.”
Bozeman high student Oliver Noyes was happy that he had a say in the gun control debate, “I feel that the protest went very well today, it really showed that we are a democracy, and we are the people of the United States and that we can make a difference no matter how old we are”.
Administrators didn’t formally sanction the protest since the protest took place during school hours. Teachers and faculty asked that students participating have a signed note from parents to be excused from class.
However, administrators and Bozeman police officers walked along with students to ensure their safety.
"This wasn’t authorized by the school or endorsed by the school we informed parents that if student were participating in the activity we would mark them absent and it would be up to the parents if they wanted to excuse the absent or not, we got word that they were going to leave campus, we also got word that there may be counter-protest, so we believed it was our responsibility just to walk alongside them to make sure they were safe," Superintendent Robert Watson said.