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Teen who stood alone against gun violence to receive award

WILSON, N. C. – A teenager who was the only student to walk away from his North Carolina high school during a national protest against gun violence is one of the six who will share BET’s Humanitarian Award.

The award usually goes to a single person. But this year, the network is in honor of six people, which calls for “humanitarian heroes.”

Among them is the 16-year-old Justin Blackman, the only student to walk out of Wilson Preparatory Academy on March 14. Students across the country walked out of classes that day, one month after the marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in a Park, Florida.

When students left classes from April 20 to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, Blackman shared a photo with dozens of stand with him.

Blackman will receive his award Sunday.

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