National Student Walkout Day….
They do so to spotlight and not let the media and America forget their feeling that there should be increased efforts for gin control and safe schools….
Students at thousands of schools across the country began walking out of class at 10 a.m. Wednesday to protest gun violence and to mark one month since a mass shooting left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The nationally organized walkouts, most of which were expected to last 17 minutes in symbolic tribute to the Florida victims, are unprecedented in recent American history. Supporters say the protests represent a realization of power and influence by young people raised on social media who have come of age in an era of never-ending wars, highly publicized mass shootings and virulent national politics….
It’s not exactly a protest.
It’s not exactly a memorial, either, or even a student walkout. In some cases, it’s really a walk-with.
Schools across the country will see student demonstrations at 10 a.m. today in response to the Parkland, Florida, school shootings exactly one month ago. As of last evening, more than 13 public and private schools in Northeast Ohio had registered as participants with national organizers, though others may join in.
All the schools and participants agree pretty clearly on the major point of the demonstrations – that events like the Feb. 14 killing of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Feb. 14 cannot continue and that people in power should take action to prevent them.
The exact shape and goal of each demonstration, though, varies….
Students at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute poured out the back doors of the school and onto the football field just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, joining with thousands of students in Maryland and across the nation in a coordinated effort to honor the 17 lives lost one month ago in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
The Parkland students galvanized support for the “#Enough National School Walkout,” the latest stand against gun violence in a movement that has centered around the voices of young people.
Students at Poly laid down as a group on the football field for 17 minutes of silence to honor the Parkland, Fla. victims.
In trying to get her classmates to quiet down, one girl yelled out: “C’mon guys! We’re alive. They’re dead.”….
image…The Baltimore Sun