Students at a school in El Paso, Texas, were let out of classes Friday to make a statement about deaths caused by guns. But after a tragedy that took place during the school-organized protest, one student will never be coming back.
Jonathan Benko, 11, was killed Friday during the event, The Associated Press reported.
Although the school’s plans for the walkout that school officials organized called for students to remain on Parkland Middle School’s campus, a few students left the approved area and went to a nearby park.
While he was trying to cross the highway to get to the park, Benko was struck by a truck driven by Jesus Diaz, 61, who was not charged in the incident. El Paso police spokesman Darrel Petry said Diaz remained at the scene of the accident.
“It is illegal to walk on a highway. It’s next to impossible for motorists to move out of the way of pedestrians on the roadway and that’s why it’s a restricted passage,” said Sgt. Robert Gomez of the El Paso Police Department, according to The New York Times.
Some on social media noted that if the school had not staged the walkout, Benko might still be alive.