On a day of protests, Noblesville student honors the victims of school violence

Noblesville student Delaney Ansler is drawing the nearly 600 victims of campus violence dating back to the 1830s.
Student walkouts planned
Noblesville school walkouts

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Central Indiana high school students have their own reasons for participating in a nationwide walkout Wednesday.

For one student, it's about remembering those lives lost.

At North Central High School, students plan to walk out at 10 a.m. Wednesday along with many students nationwide. The school district is sanctioning the walkout.

It is part of a nationwide observance on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting rampage that killed 17.

"When it comes to gun laws and school safety, we don’t view it as a political issue. We think it something that is done for the common good and something that has to get passed," said North Central junior Isaac Herzog.

Herzog and Eli Goldstein will be among the throngs walking out of North Central Wednesday.

"We are fed up with this as the status quo," Goldstein said Tuesday.

They want compromise, yes, but they also want changes to gun laws.

"Because right now, it's not good enough. Right now, the laws don’t prevent a shooting like this," said Goldstein

At Sheridan High School in Hamilton County, students won't be in the classroom on Wednesday, so they marked the day early, with 17 minutes of silence on Tuesday. One minute for each death at Parkland.

"I think some of this can change communities and things like that, but there's always going to be people that disagree," said Sheridan student Cassis Vargas.

Sheridan's Abby Davis said the period of silence Tuesday "wasn’t necessarily a protest. It was people coming together and mourning the loss of 17 victims and saying that we can’t let this keep happening."

Student Kramer Brooks said, as in the world off-campus, not everyone agrees on the solution.

"I've seen political tensions, even in this moment of silence, because people did not want to do it. They thought it was political," Brooks said.

Some Noblesville students will also walk out of class Wednesday. But in the school hallway, they will see an art project designed to make everyone stop and think.

"I want to make sure these people get the recognition they deserve. These are the people the media should be talking about," Noblesville junior Delaney Ansler said.

Delaney is talking about the nearly 600 victims killed in campus violence dating back to the 1830s.

Delaney Ansler's art project shows the nearly 600 victims of school shootings dating back to the 1830s.
Delaney Ansler's art project shows the nearly 600 victims of school shootings dating back to the 1830s.

She's arranged as many photos as she could find in a timeline that will hang in the school hallway. It's almost 60 feet long - taller than the letters on the famed Hollywood sign, Delaney said.

"I want you to see how many students just didn't get to go to school anymore, didn't get to take another step out of their house or read another book to their kids," she said.

She's looking for an emotional impact.

"I want you to feel sad about the victims and angry about the cause."