WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) – 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.
He says the walkouts are oversimplifying the problem of school violence by advocating more gun control as the solution.
Cole says it’s better to honor the Parkland victims in a non-political 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.