Students walk out in support of Julius Jones

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TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa college students walked out of sophistication Thursday just a few hours forward of the scheduled execution of Oklahoma demise row inmate Julius Jones.

Booker T. Washington Excessive College and East Central Excessive College college students, together with different faculties, had been amongst those that walked out in assist of Jones, about an hour after Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted his demise sentence.

Jones had been scheduled to be killed in McAlester at 4 p.m. earlier than Gov. Kevin Stitt selected to commute his sentence to life in jail with out parole.

Booker T. Washington walkout

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College students at Booker T. Washington Excessive College stroll out of sophistication in assist of Julius Jones.

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They held indicators and chanted as they referred to as for justice for Julius Jones.

“Julius Jones is from Oklahoma. He’s a black man identical to me,” mentioned Christian Davis, a junior at Booker T Washington. “So it sort of simply struck one thing in my coronary heart. As a result of if this had been me, I might need somebody to do the identical. I might need somebody to lift consciousness for me. I might need somebody to combat on my behalf after I can’t.”

After gathering on the soccer discipline, college students walked round to the entrance of the varsity. Practically the whole scholar physique giving their assist.

“Virtually each scholar got here out,” Davis mentioned. “And I don’t know, it simply fills my coronary heart to know we’d not need to take care of a few of these similar points once we all develop up and develop into in positions of energy and issues like that. It simply offers me hope.”

It wasn’t simply Booker T college students strolling out. Others, together with college students at East Central Excessive College additionally walked round their soccer fields. These walkouts had been organized by a gaggle of Booker T college students, who contacted different college students all throughout the metro.

“We messaged all people else from different faculties and their scholar our bodies,” mentioned Alexis Gomez, a senior at Booker T Washington. “And we simply needed to make it possible for all people in Tulsa was on board with this as a result of it was not ever going to be okay with any of us to remove any person’s life.”

Not solely displaying assist for Julius Jones, but additionally protesting the demise penalty.

“It shouldn’t ever be thought-about to take somebody’s life away,” Gomez mentioned. “Irrespective of in the event that they’re responsible or not. And we need to make it possible for sooner or later, this isn’t one thing we’re going to need to do in 30 years from now.”

East Central High School walkout

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College students lead a walkout at East Central Excessive College in assist of Julius Jones.

College students at Oklahoma Metropolis-area faculties walked out Wednesday in assist of Jones.


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