Students everywhere participate in national protest to end gun violence
Thousands of students across the country are walking out of their classrooms today, because they’ve had enough. Enough of school shootings, lax gun laws, and apathetic politicians. Today marks one month since the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, and the students at the Parkland, Florida high school are leading the history-making movement.
Students everywhere left their classrooms at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes to demonstrate solidarity with the Parkland students in honoring the 17 victims killed last month.
Basically, we now live in a country where students have to protest their right to not die in school.
Spotted: Middle schoolers on 14th street chanting “enough is enough” and protesting gun violence. pic.twitter.com/DvCrEz6YRT
— alanna bennett (@AlannaBennett) March 14, 2018
From coast to coast, high school students banded together with signs in-hand, demanding an end to senseless gun violence. The images show a powerful example of resistance.
Look at us, we're high school students. Look at the impact we have made. This is for our 17 angels, and this is for our country.
— Carly (@car_nove) March 14, 2018
The organizers of the walkout said they wanted this protest to be a call to action for Congress to pass gun control legislation, according to the event’s website. “We view this work as part of an ongoing and decades-long movement for gun violence prevention, in honor of all victims of gun violence — from James Brady to Trayvon Martin to the 17 people killed in Parkland.”
While some who oppose the walkout under the guise of “it disrupts the education of our youth,” plenty of students clarified the reasons behind their protest.
We are not walking out to disrupt education, we are walking out to protect it.#NeverAgain
— Ryan Deitsch (@Ryan_Deitsch) March 13, 2018
We are fully aware of what we’re walking out for. We’re on the right side of history. In 50 years it’ll be pictures from all over the nation of us, not you, standing up for the right thing. https://t.co/K1e4WlWbIZ
— Tori O’Connor (@victoriaxmaex14) March 14, 2018
They put more effort in stopping us from walking out than they do protecting us while we’re in it
— Drew Ballman (@ballmandrew) March 14, 2018
Students from Stoneman Douglas have been incredibly vocal in their activism during the last month, showing incredibly courage in the aftermath of unimaginable tragedy. They’re not afraid to take on policy makers head-on. They’re backing away from the national spotlight, either. These kids know they need to be seen and heard.
— Sarah Chadwick (@Sarahchadwickk) March 14, 2018
To every U.S. student, it is your first amendment right to peacefully protest. Today’s walkout is a symbol of hope, a sign that we will not be silent, a cry that demands change. At 10 AM EST, walk out for justice for our fallen students and teachers. #NeverAgainMSD
— Ryan (@NotRyDee) March 14, 2018
Today, 1 month after of the day that changed our lives forever, we will join the school walkout. We will join the walkout for every one of those 17, and for every other victim of gun violence. We will join for those that are still here. We will join for you. #NeverAgain
— Delaney Tarr (@delaneytarr) March 14, 2018
Thanks to the Parkland community, other communities — big and small — are inspired to come forward to support the movement.
Here is a video of our school walkout at Grosse ile High school. There were many students around me trying to make a stand. We may be a small school, but our voice was powerful today. How many more have to die before change starts to happen #NeverForget #neveragain #walkout pic.twitter.com/TQyjQrtXWr
— Mystic (@JordanAguilera6) March 14, 2018
— ab (@Abskrin) March 14, 2018
So insanely proud of my peers at Sprayberry today as we walked out of class for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. #Notonemore #NationalWalkoutDay pic.twitter.com/Jz4tltAaaq
— erica winter (@ericawinte_r) March 14, 2018
One student spoke at Capitol Hill and addressed Trump and NRA-endorsed politicians directly, telling them in so many words that the blood of future victims of gun violence is on their hands.
Student speaks in front of the U.S. Capitol on #NationalWalkoutDay: “Their right to own an assault rifle does not outweigh our right to live. The adults have failed us. This is in our hands now, and if any elected official gets in our way, we will vote them out.” pic.twitter.com/VEdAcLnuOI
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 14, 2018
Not all school administrators are on board with the walkout, with some even threatening repercussions to students who choose to participate. Thankfully, that hasn’t deterred thousands of students from putting their personal and political morals first today.
For those who were unable to walk out today — and for anyone who wishes to march to end gun violence — Parkland student survivors have organized March For Our Lives, which will take place in Washington, D.C. and around the globe at sister marches on Saturday, March 24.