Killeen: Students, PTA travel to capitol building to voice concerns

AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) Dozens from the area's largest school district traveled to Austin on Monday to voice their concerns regarding schools.

From increased funding to school safety -- no issue was left unturned -- including something students say needs addressing more than anything.

“I would like to hear about mental health issues. I know a lot of people that need help, I want the school to be able to help them and feel like they aren’t alone in that situation," said Saarah Mclean, a student at Manor Middle School.

Mental health is often a silent situation that no one speaks about. But, Killeen ISD students are looking to change that.

Damion Levy Jr., a student at Early College High School, says the burden of tests and other things has caused students to have depression.

“We need more support to help students prepare themselves to meet those expectations and those tests they have to prepare for," he said.

All morning, students listened to guest speakers during Rally Day sponsored by Texas PTA. Monday's trip was made possible by the Killeen ISD Council of PTA's.

After a student caucus, the 30-plus students and faculty members marched to the steps of the capitol building.

Some of the top issues also included school funding and school safety.

"Most definitely funding for education, of course. There are a lot of things going on in our schools that nobody knows about, especially when we have clubs that bring in stuff for the school and there is no way to show them off," said Kenneth Hannah, a student at Ellison High School.

The trip to Austin, a chance for students to learn and realize they can make change.

“Make them aware of different issues that they can be a part of in their district. Every little bit counts," said Tiawanna Howard, VP of Killeen Council of PTA's.

Students and adults were also able to meet state representatives to further express their concerns.