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Ohio school shooting survivor says national walkout ‘disrespectful’ to Florida victims

WEST LIBERTY, Ohio –  An Ohio teenager wounded in a school shooting last year says he thinks it’s disrespectful to victims of the February massacre in Parkland, Florida, to use that tragedy to further a particular political agenda.

West Liberty-Salem student Logan Cole said in a Facebook video he won’t participate in the Wednesday student walkouts promoted by organizers of the Women’s March.

He says the walkouts are oversimplifying the problem of school violence by advocating more gun control as the solution.

“I feel like violence in our schools and in our society is a much deeper issue, and I feel like it’s a little bit simplistic to look at this and point out gun control as the problem,” he said.

Cole says it’s better to honor the Parkland victims in a nonpolitical way. He is inviting classmates to join him in doing that through a Wednesday memorial service at his school.

The teen accused of wounding Cole and another student has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges including attempted murder.