Cook Middle School students march in protest of Andy Lopez's killing

Chanting "We walked out. So can you," about two dozen Cook Middle School students protesting the killing of a 13-year-old classmate streamed onto the Elsie Allen High School campus Tuesday morning, prompting a school lockdown and police response.

The younger teens had hoped to get high school students to join them for their march, marking six months since former Cook student Andy Lopez was shot and killed by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy as the youth carried a BB gun designed to resemble an assault rifle.

But as the group of protesters and a few adults moved onto campus, just after 10 a.m., the school quickly shut down tight.

Andy Lopez March At Elsie Allen High School


Classroom doors were locked, blinds pulled down and there were no high school students to be seen.

The middle school protesters roamed the campus for about 20 minutes, watched by school officials and police officers.

Chanting loudly with the help of a bull horn, they called for justice for Andy Lopez and occasionally pounded on a locked classroom door or window.

"I think they heard us. But I don't think they are going to listen to us. We have to do this more often," protester Mariana Rodriguez, 14, said as the group began to leave the school.

Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent Socorro Shiels, along with other school district officials, school administrators and six police officers and sergeants, watched the campus protest play out.

Shiels afterward called it a surprising and troubling event.

"I've never seen this before ...," Shiels said. "I would never have thought they would go onto a campus like that. It raises concerns about our students' safety."

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