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Arizona Students Plan Walkout In Solidarity With Protests Against Gun Violence In Schools

Students are planning to walk out of class across the country Wednesday to bring attention to what they say is Congress’ inaction on gun violence.

Many schools are on spring break this week but students are still calling out legislators over gun violence in schools.

Students like Dobson High School junior Jacob Martinez. “There’s such a polarization there that they haven’t gotten anything done,” he said.

The 16-year-old is helping bring students to the Arizona Capitol on his vacation to demand meetings with state lawmakers.

Martinez said he and others are asking for specific results like universal background checks and a ban on bump stocks.

Students across the Valley plan to march outside for 17 minutes, which is one minute for each victim from the Florida school shooting.

“We’re not trying to separate them from their education but we want them to as briefly as they can walk out, call their elected officials and demand action," Martinez said.

The walkout is happening as high schoolers across the nation press for gun reform.

Schools are preparing for students walking out of class Wednesday in solidarity with the victims of the Florida Parkland school shooting.

The goal is to raise awareness for gun reform and ask politicians to pay attention to the voices of students who may not feel safe at school and to do something about it.

Administrators at Deer Valley Unified School district said they are aware of planned walkouts.

Spokeswoman Monica Allread said officials have encouraged students to remain safe on campus and return to class after the walkout.

“We’re working really hard to find a compromise that supports learning and supports safety and supports students’ free expression rights,” she said.

Allread said the district is working with Glendale Police to bring more officers around to increase safety.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.