At Staley High School in Kansas City, Missouri, in the United States, over a thousand students organised a walkout in support of their classmate Ralph Yarl who was shot by a man after erroneously rang his doorbell.
A 84-year-old white man named Andrew Lester shot Yarl, a 16-year-old junior in high school, twice last Thursday.
According to local media accounts, the boy was shot after he picked up his younger brothers from the incorrect home.
According to The Guardian UK, on Tuesday in downtown Kansas City, students, teachers, civil rights activists, and politicians gathered to demand justice for Ralph and a more aggressive campaign to improve race relations while he recovered from his injuries.
Speakers urged the crowd to support Ralph, fight for justice, and to remove politicians who pass discriminatory laws and support gun rights.
Many carried placards reading, “He is only 16” and “Is this what Kansas City has come to? Stop gun violence”.
“I was out here to support my friend Ralph through this time he is going through today,” one of his friends was quoted by KSHB as saying.
The student said he was not surprised by the number of people that trooped out in support of Yarl because everyone is “willing to support a friend at our school”.
The injured teen’s classmates chanted, “We love you Ralph,” and “Justice for Ralph”, as they walked in a circle around their school’s campus to show support.
Nearly 1,500 students were present for the “unity walk”, which represented the majority of the Staley student body, officials said.
“This display of unity is intended to support Ralph in his recovery and have a positive impact on the community,” said Susan Hiland, a spokesperson for North Kansas City Public Schools.
The homeowner, Lester, surrendered at the Clay County Detention Center a day after being charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.
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