West Liberty school shooting victim opposed to student walkouts
WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) —
Angry, frustrated students are planning to walk out of school nationwide tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. to protest gun violence in schools. But a victim of a Central Ohio school shooting said he's opposed to such walkouts.
Logan Cole, who was shot by a classmate in the bathroom of West Liberty-Salem High School in January of 2017, took to Facebook to decry what he feels is the politicization of the death of 17 people.
"I feel like its disrespectful to the victims of the Parkland shooting to use their tragedy to further a group's political agenda," he said.
Ely Serna is accused of using a shotgun to shoot Cole and faces trial next month. But Cole said gun control is not the solution.
"I feel like it's our right to own AR-15s, to own handguns," he said. "If someone has evil in their heart, they're going to do an evil deed, no matter what kind of weapons they have."
Cole has organized a memorial during the school day, in school, during lunch and said its strictly to honor the victims.
"I just wanted to give people an opportunity to come to respect the Parkland victims with no politics," he said.