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Antioch students could face criminal charges after disruptive protest on walkout day

Antioch High School protest. (Submitted to WZTV)

Criminal charges could be ahead for some Antioch High School students after a student demonstration became disruptive.

Students at Antioch High School participated in Wednesday’s national walkout day against gun violence. During the demonstration that started out peacefully, some students got out of control, according to school administrators.

“There were about 40 or 50 kids that were running and started up everything while others were just standing there like what’s going on, not really knowing what to do,” said Fares Ali, a senior at Antioch High School.

While some students began reading the names of the 17 people killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting, some students began screaming, tossing water and even jumped on a Metro police car.

They also ripped down the American flag and began stomping on it sparking an investigation involving school administrators and metro police. The investigation could lead to school disciplinary action or criminal charges. Tony Majors, executive director of support services said they are looking at vandalism, extreme disruption, reckless endangerment and more.

“I was very embarrassed. I was ashamed. I was shocked. I knew that Antioch had more potential,” said Jaylon Sabely, a senior at Antioch High School.

Sabely and Ali are band members at Antioch High. They were very disappointed and upset following the actions of the students. To help take the focus off of the negative attention from Wednesday’s panic, they joined other band members and played the National Anthem Thursday morning. They then raised the flag and had a moment of silence for the 17 victims of Parkland, Florida.

“Yesterday cannot be erased. You can’t go back and erase the past but I think that today it was a very good first step into trying to rectify the situation,” said Ali.

“That is so symbolic of the character of the students here at Antioch High School and the students in Metro Nashville Public Schools. While a few students chose to behave inappropriately, there are another 2,000-2,100 that chose to do the right thing,” said Majors.

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