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CO Students Walk Out Of Shooting Vigil After Dem Politicians Take Mic & Call For Gun Control

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A vigil was held at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado this week after two shooters killed one student and wounded others. Gun control advocates tried to manipulate the memorial and students stormed out of the vigil chanting “mental health” and “F— the media!” Said another student: “It’s not about the guns!” This was after two Democratic politicians took the stage and called for gun control, according to local news reports.

The two Democrats who spoke at the vigil were Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, who is running for president, and Rep. Jason Crow, whose congressional district includes STEM. The Brady Campaign was behind this and the students and parents there were having none of it. They were horrified that the gun-grabbers wanted to use their grief to push a political agenda.

“STEM School students walked out of a vigil tonight after @RepJasonCrow & @SenatorBennet spoke,” tweeted Kyle Clark, an anchor with 9NEWS in Denver. “Students said their grief was being politicized. They later returned, took the mic, and some said they didn’t want to be used to promote gun control.” Good for them.

There were over 2,000 people who packed out that high school gym vigil to remember 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, who was shot and killed trying to tackle one of the shooters at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday. Castillo and two classmates stopped the attack. Castillo gave his life to save others. Eight others were injured in the shooting. One student said she met Castillo as a young child and went to school with him, adding he was “the kindest, gentlest soul you’d ever meet.”

Kendrick Castillo, a robotics aficionado who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and automobiles, was a true hero in the tragedy. Kendrick’s father said his son threw himself at an armed student so classmates could be saved.

The vigil was organized by Team Enough, the student branch of the gun control group the Brady Campaign. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence later released a statement apologizing to the offended students. “We are deeply sorry any part of this vigil did not provide the support, caring and sense of community we sought to foster and facilitate and which we know is so crucial to communities who suffer the trauma of gun violence,” the group said. Liars… they don’t mean a word of that. Moms Demand Action, a group that advocates for gun control legislation as well, also had representatives at the event.

Students began yelling from the stands that they “wanted to be heard” after two politicians and pro-gun control advocates addressed the crowd, according to the local NBC affiliate, KUSA. They then stormed out of the vigil after Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Democratic Congressman Jason Crow addressed the crowd, the Denver Post reported.

“What has happened at STEM is awful. But it’s not a statistic. We can’t be used as a reason for gun control. We are people, not a statement,” one student said, according to video by KUSA. The crowd cheered loudly in response.

“This was not a vigil. This was purely a political stunt. This is not what we wanted for Kendrick,” said another student.

Speaking of the lone fatality, 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, another student added, “We wanted Kendrick to be mourned. We wanted all of you to join us in that mourning, but that was not allowed here,” he said. “We all walked out. We were not kicked out, despite what you have heard. We are back now to tell you that we love Kendrick, and we love all of the survivors.”

“They don’t get what we went through yesterday, they don’t get what it’s like to have to run for your life,” said one student captured in a video tweeted by Colorado Public Radio education reporter Jenny Brundin.

“They don’t get what it’s like to have people yelling at you, saying ‘school shooter, run for your life.’ You do not get what it’s like to look a teacher straight in the eye and say, ‘run, run for your life.’”

An 18-year-old STEM student named Devon Erickson and a younger, juvenile student have been identified as suspects in the shooting. They entered the school and discharged weapons in two classrooms.

Funny how you don’t usually hear what the students and parents really think over a tragedy like this. Young people are speaking up though and pushing back against the Marxists and gun control crowd. Maybe there is hope after all.

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