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Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

Neighbors may have heard gunfire near Deering High School in Portland Saturday morning, but it was all part of a drill.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Thousands of students across the country walked out of their schools Wednesday in remembrance of the 17 victims of last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. and to protest for stricter gun laws. A major snowstorm delayed many school walkouts in Maine until Thursday. Some students were punished for their protests, but said they still felt empowered to take action.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

Among those speaking out in Maine Thursday about gun violence and proposals to arm school teachers were several hundred teachers, administrators, parents and students who gathered in the cold and wind in front of Portland City Hall.

Several were members of a group called Maine Educators United Against Gun Violence, formed in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting. 

Teachers at Waynflete School in Portland played a key role in forming the group. Lindsay Kaplan teaches French at the private school.  She told rally-goers that the time to talk about guns is now.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

School walkouts in support of stricter gun laws continued Thursday morning after schools were closed due to weather on Wednesday.

Month in Review

Feb 28, 2018
https://www.pressherald.com/2018/02/19/new-emoji-comes-with-correct-number-of-legs/

Our panel of editorial page editors discusses the top Maine stories from February.

Guests:  Susan Young, editorial page editor for the Bangor Daily News

Greg Kesich, editorial page editor for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Ben Bragdon, editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel