Students Of LAX Shooting Victim Protest Gun Violence
The students of a Calabasas High School theater teacher who was wounded in last week's shooting at LAX will be walking out of class today to protest gun violence.Brian Ludmer, 29, was catching a plane to a friend's wedding when he was shot once in the back of his right calf in LAX. He assumed that he wouldn't make it, but he was able to survive by crawling to a safe spot and applying a tourniquet to his wounds, according to the Los Angeles Times. Police officers rescued him while the shooter was still active. He survived with a shattered tibia and fibula, and he's been hospitalized since then where he's undergoing several surgeries.
Ludmer's students at Calabasas High planned to walk out of class today in a show of solidarity with him, but also as a way to protest gun violence, according to the Los Angeles Times and KTLA. The walkout is scheduled for 12:19 p.m., and there's a rally planned in the quad.
UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: Principal C.J. Foss told City News Service, "The students want to show their support of Mr. Ludmer and take a stance against gun violence and this is how they decided to go about it."
The student body president Paige Plaskoff told CNS, "Our school is rallying together to stand up for an issue we all believe in. We are giving students an opportunity to support Mr. Ludmer and show him our love and support."