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Students from multiple Utah high schools organize walkouts in support of abortion rights

East High School students participating in a walkout.
Lindsay Aerts
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KSL News Radio
East High School students participating in a walkout.

On Thursday, students from multiple different Salt Lake City high schools walked out of class in support of abortion rights.

Students from East, West, Highland, Skyline, and Taylorsville high schools all participated in individual walkouts to make their voices heard on the ongoing debate over abortion rights.

Salt Lake City school district spokesperson Yándary Chatwin says that these kinds of demonstrations aren’t rare for SLC high schools and explained that school leaders support First Amendment rights. Chatwin explained the process in which student organizers speak to their respective principals and administration staff letting them know what their plans are so that they can remain safe while demonstrating.

All of the walkout demonstrations on Thursday remained peaceful with students making signs and gathering outside of their schools for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Jared Gereau is pursuing a Journalism major with an emphasis in Social Media at Utah State University. He is planning on using his experience to pursue a career with USU Athletics sometime after he graduates. In his free time, Jared enjoys watching movies, playing games and creating content for his YouTube channel.