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Students walk out of Moodus school to bring attention to threat

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Students at the Nathan Hale-Ray School in Moodus staged a walkout against gun violence on Friday. (WFSB) Students at the Nathan Hale-Ray School in Moodus staged a walkout against gun violence on Friday. (WFSB)
MOODUS, CT (WFSB) -

Students walked out of a high school in the Moodus section of East Haddam on Friday to bring attention to a case of a student who threatened to use a firearm at the school.

The students at Nathan Hale-Ray School walked out around 7:45 a.m.

They said they feel the student responsible for the threat was lightly punished following a reported arrest by state police a week ago.

Andrew Bellows, 18, was charged with first-degree threatening. State police said he made the threat to use a gun at the school.

Court documents showed that Bellows told a student that he wanted to shoot another student.

"[The Student] said he thought it was possible for Bellows to carry out his threat because there are weapons in his residence," the documents said.

Students told Channel 3 on Friday that Bellows received a one day in-school suspension after what happened.

"[Thursday] we posted on different social media basically telling everyone what was happening and why we were doing it," said Alexis Rogers, a senior. "To get people to come together and make a change. You can't just make a change. We're not going to stop until we get what we deserve."

They said their walkout was also a rally against gun violence in schools following the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, FL on Feb. 14 and Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

"I think Sandy Hook should have been enough, I think Vegas and the nightclub should have been enough [and] I think Florida should have been enough," said Avery Sparks, a freshman. "This is getting out of control."

Channel 3 brought the matter to superintendent Brian Reas. He said there was no threat made to the school.

"I don't share specific discipline issues with any student or parent because of confidentiality concerns," he said. "We are open to hearing what they have to say, we want to know. We're hoping to continue to improve our schools, like we always do."

Students around the country have been staging marches and rallies in an effort to provoke lawmakers into action.

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