Students encouraged to ‘Walk Up, Not Out’

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Thousands of students across the nation walked out of school on Wednesday in an effort to show lawmakers and the nation that enough is enough.

Now, another movement is starting called “Walk Up, Not Out”, encouraging students to walk up to a classmate and be a friend.

Wheeling Hospital Clinical Psychologist Dr. John McFadden said inside a larger high school, it is easy for students to get disconnected, and that could lead to a breakdown in the students’ reality.

McFadden said he thinks kids need to start with the basics: being kind to each other.

“First of all, get rid of the bullying and then try to be a friend, and I think that’s what this movement is all about, but I think it’s a complex one,” said McFadden.

He believes school shootings are an issue that need worked on by law enforcement, mental health professionals, politicians, and educators.

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