TEXAS CITY

A Texas City High School student-run assembly Friday will address concerns about school shootings, officials said.

The assembly has the approval of Texas City ISD administration, spokeswoman Melissa Tortorici said.

The school’s Political Activism Club is organizing the assembly to show solidarity with school shooting victims in Parkland, Fla., and elsewhere, said Jaeden Johnson, president of the club and a senior at the school.

Members of the club will recite speeches, poems, anecdotes and chants in front of the student body, Johnson said.

The students also will ask for legislative action on school safety, and they will peaceably demonstrate the power of each student to engage in the democratic process, he said.

“We are demanding only our government’s utmost effort to keep us safe,” Johnson said. “We as students believe it is important that we do not let the tragedies that took place at schools like Columbine, Sandy Hook and now Stoneman Douglas fade away from the national conversation.”

— Valerie Wells

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246; valerie.wells@galvnews.com 

(20) comments

Paul Hyatt

What a shame. Children who do not know what our history is our the reason for our 2nd Amendment is for and it isn't for hunting to feed our families.... This is one of the many reasons that our society is failing today as our history is not being taught and he who knows not his history is doomed to repeat it.... Ask the nations of the world what will happen when our 2nd Amendment is taken away from us by force.... People think that it can not happen and yet it is happening with all of the stupid laws that the progressive demon-crats are passing across this nation with the help of activist Judges who are not doing their job, but trying to do the job of legislators....
Only hope is that these students who are being led astray by left wing activists will wake up one day before they give away their rights completely....The progressives made schools and other places "gun free zones" and none of them have figured out that criminals don't care about their goofy laws and invites them to these "gun free places" as they know that they can do much damage and carnage before anyone can get their to stop them....The kid in Florida had almost completely got away as there was no one with the guts to confront him and stop him and it was a gun free zone...

Paul Hyatt

My question to GCDN is what are you going to do if your progressive ideas take away our rights to have arms to protect ourselves? Who then is going to protect you and your rights for free speech? With out the 2nd Amendment all of our other rights will soon be taken away from us.... Be careful about what you wish for as for once you get it, it might not be what you really wanted after all...

Raymond Lewis

Mr. Hyatt, are you suggesting that we need guns to protect our free speech?? or that GCDN needs armed citizens to protect them from something? (scratching my head over those questions).

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Laura Elder

The Daily News is not connected to the student event. We will cover it as we do all such issues. Also, The Daily News has repeatedly on its editorial page supported the second amendment and in no way has sought to repeal it. Anybody who reads our editorials should know that.

Gary Scoggin

Don’t confuse them with facts.

George Croix

I read the GDN Editorials, Laura, for many, many years, and having done so, I admit to having noticed what I thought was some degree of willingness to make the Second Amendment fit the editorial writer's point. Hence, the editorializing. Of course, I could have been wrong. So, I'd ask WHICH version of the Second Amendment the GDN, in fact, supports? Is it the Supreme Court decided version affirming the right of the INDIVIDUAL to keep and bear arms, or the version where only a militia member should be allowed to do so? Is it the version where a person has the right to bear arms to defend their life and property and even that of their fellow citizens in peril, or the deer hunting, gun collecting, target shooting only version of the 2nd?
Does the GDN support the Second Amendment by calling for additional restrictions, regulations, punishments for law abiding citizen gun owners/users, such changes actually effecting only the many, many millions of innocent gun owners NOT guilty of any crimes, following a headlines generating abuse of the already existing laws and regs up to and including mass murder by a criminal using a firearm to commit mayhem or cause death?
Does the GDN support the Second Amendment by calling for 'gun free zones', thereby disarming law abiding citizens therein, and DIRECTLY, that's directly, enabling mass killer(s) to target with near impunity those unable to protect themselves inside said zones?
Was the GDN supporting the Second Amendment and it's shall not be infringed wording affirming the basic right to protect one's life when the subject of allowing teachers willing to do so....that's those willing to do so...to use their CHL's and firearms in potential defense, not just of their own life, but their precious charges, OUR children, too?
Is it the GDN's position on that specific matter that it's 'unsafe' to allow such, when the real world record shows it's pretty darned unsafe for the maimed and dead children to NOT allow SOME possible response to a crazy person besides hiding, or trying to, and praying for a lawful armed response in the next several minutes when death or injury is seconds away?
Does the GDN's official position on support of the Second Amendment take into account the fact that in the latest tragedy the armed Officer who was SUPPOSED to provide protection chose to provide it only for HIMSELF, and let...that's LET... some kids die? Would it not have been better to have a lawfully armed teacher or even some armed citizen passing by had there been one at least TRY to shoot the bad guy given the chance to do so?
What, again, was the GDN's Second Amendment related position following the Florida school killings, again in a 'gun free zone, by a nut case who showed the utter failings of that Florida county government and even the FBI controlled safety of our children? Was it calling for additional restrictions, using the euphemism of 'common sense gun control' I believe it was, but I certainly may be wrong, that would impact lawfully and responsibly owned weapons by people in, say, Galveston County, or Idaho, or Montana. NONE of whom did anything wrong? How would that have mattered one whit?
Wouldn't support of the Second Amendment look at all the actual facts, absent any knee jerking or crowd-speak 'protests', and certainly absent any agenda driven political machinations, and at least allow as how NONE of the 'safeguards' supposedly designed to not need that Constitutional affirmation of a God given innate right did anything...nothing... to save any lives in this latest case, as but the latest example of how farming out immediate responsibility for oneself can lead to a bad end?
I ask openly and without rancor, and without the condescension that uncharacteristically afflicted one of my old refining associates....as but one example.....

Staff
Michael Smith

Here are the most recent editorials on the subject:

http://www.galvnews.com/opinion/editorials/article_02a5748e-7a86-54a9-b91d-dafe47060a8e.html

http://www.galvnews.com/opinion/editorials/article_485ff21c-254c-55a8-9e68-5ed9c4e787a5.html

Our editorials speak pretty well for themselves, but since you asked:
Q: “Is it the Supreme Court decided version affirming the right of the INDIVIDUAL to keep and bear arms, or the version where only a militia member should be allowed to do so? Is it the version where a person has the right to bear arms to defend their life and property and even that of their fellow citizens in peril, or the deer hunting, gun collecting, target shooting only version of the 2nd?
A: Our position is that the Second Amendment affirms citizens’ rights to own and bear arms. In other words, we support the private ownership of firearms and have argued several times against bans on types of fire arms and accessories such as magazines. We believe the right actually comes from a higher authority than the constitution and that it’s linked to the fundamental human right to protect ones’ self, family and property.

Q: Does the GDN support the Second Amendment by calling for additional restrictions, regulations, punishments for law abiding citizen gun owners/users ….
A: No. We have argued exactly the opposite numerous times.

Q: Does the GDN support the Second Amendment by calling for 'gun free zones' …
A: We have not argued in favor of “gun free” zones, not since the change in editors in 2015, anyway, although we have argued against arming teachers.

Q: Was the GDN supporting the Second Amendment and it's shall not be infringed wording affirming the basic right to protect one's life when the subject of allowing teachers willing to do so
A: See above. Arming teachers isn’t a Second Amendment question. It’s policy question. There are lots of places in which Second Amendment rights can be restricted, just as there are places, such as work, where First Amendment rights to can be restricted.
Q: Wouldn't support of the Second Amendment look at all the actual facts, absent any knee jerking or crowd-speak 'protests' …
A: As the two editorials linked here demonstrate to anyone with the energy to look over the parapet of his own cherished biases, we have used facts to argue against most of things that worry you so.
It’s worth mentioning that the Bill of Rights is not a buffet line. If you want to be taken seriously in your defense of the Second Amendment, don’t ridicule exercise of the First.

George Croix

Thanks, Michael, for the imput. The 'button' to your reply was gone from your post so am putting it here.
Duly noted what you've posted.
I'll note that from my perspective it's not possible to have an 'armed' person of any type, no matter what policy is brought into play, without that 'arm' being connected to the Second Amendment, a Constitutionally guaranteed affirmation that so many millions of people in countries without one have found to their dismay is key to the maintenance of all the other rights...including that of free speach....
Even, too often, the freedom to live....
As to your last paragraph, it certainly says plenty about 'biases'....
If you want to be taken seriously in your defense of the GDN, don't ridicule the exercise of the freedom of speech to ask questions...

Gary Scoggin

Hi George. Where ya been?

George Croix

Hey, Gary.
Been looking for any sign of 'progressive' sanity for the last several months.
Finally gave the search up as a lost cause....

Christopher Smith

I think it's great that these students are getting involved in the Democratic process. We need more engaged citizens and this is how it starts. Great job Texas City students!

Paul Hyatt

SO now it is a good thing for students to skip school to protest when they should be in the building learning.... Different generations sure think differently..

Christopher Smith

These kids are doing exactly what we've all been taught, stand up for what you believe in and get involved. Would you prefer they just stick their noses in their phones and computers and ignore the world around them? It is always a good thing when young people get involved with the political process and with their community.

Gary Miller

Repeal all anti gun laws that criminals ignore. Pass only gun laws that criminals will not ignore. Won't stop nut job shooters. Nothing will but better mental health care might.

Paul Hyatt

Amen to that one. After all criminals do not obey laws and even if the progressives get their way and pass enough laws to take our guns away the criminals will still get their hands on then....Police are for after the crime rarely during the crime....

Karen Sawyer

Way to go! It's refreshing and inspiring to watch these children take action against the craziness in this country.

Chris DeVries

I hope the students have at least educated themselves about what is already being done in their school. In just the last two weeks, I've listened to both the Superintendent and the Chief of Police describe their ongoing efforts for school safety, and believe they are doing a great job of protecting students already.

Carlos Ponce

The problem lies with the title of the article: "Texas City HS students plan walkout Friday ".
The article actually clarifies this is a TCISD approved student led ASSEMBLY, not a walkout.

Gary Scoggin

Thanks for clarifying this, Carlos.

Jose' Boix

Let's hope that these public school students balance and respect authority and civility with the US First Amendment.

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