Logan Cole says he will not participate in school walkout

Logan Cole says he will not participate in school walkout. Cole was shot twice at West Liberty-Salem in January of 2017. (WKEF/WRGT file photo)

LOGAN COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - On Wednesday, students across the county will walk out of schools to stand in solidarity with the victims of the Parkland school shooting. The shooting, which happened on February 14 claimed the lives of 17 people and has sparked a national conversation on violence in schools and what can be done to curb it.

Many students across the Miami Valley are participating in the walk out, but one who won't be is a survivor of a school shooting. Logan Cole was shot twice on January 20, 2017 at West Liberty-Salem school. Logan was shot once in the chest and once in the upper back area, "It is a miracle that I survived," Logan said in a video posted on Facebook.

In the video posted on Facebook, Logan says instead of walking out of school, he will be participating in a memorial service for the victims of the Parkland shooting. He says during the service, the names of the victims will be read and there will be a moment of silence in their honor.

He goes on to say violence in schools and society is "much deeper" than gun control, "I feel like it's disrespectful to the victims of the Parkland shooting to go and use their tragedy to further a certain group's political agenda." Logan said the memorial service is open to any student, no matter their political beliefs.

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