Students Across the Country Protest Gun Violence with National School Walkout Day
Today, March 14th, students all over the country participated in a protest against gun violence with National School Walkout Day.
The demonstration, organized by the coalition of teen activists from the group called Empower, highlights the issue and prevalence of gun violence and its effects. The National School Walkout explained of the demonstration’s intentions, “Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms. Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.”
To participate in the protest, students all over the United States walked out of their classrooms at 10am for 17 minutes, to symbolize the 17 students killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th. Empower said of the school walkouts, “We believe, as youth, it is imperative we have spaces where our voices are being heard. We DON’T need adults speaking on our behalf.”
The goal of the peaceful protest was not just to bring awareness to gun violence, but to also pressure Congress to finally take action and pass gun reform laws. The National School Walkout even listed the following demands for Congress: “Ban assault weapons; ban high capacity magazines; expand background checks to all gun sales; pass federal gun violence restraining order laws; fund government research on gun violence; and promote safe storage.”
Thousands of students participated in the protest, and images from the demonstration taking place all across the nation were shared on social media with the hashtag #ENOUGH.
The youngest kids I’ve seen so far. 11,12, & 13 year old students from Takoma Park Middle school pic.twitter.com/EBUvLZwv5p
— Abby Cruz (@Abbbbeeeyyy) March 14, 2018
— Women's March Youth (@WomensMarchY) March 14, 2018
— Jr. Newtown Action Alliance (@Junior_NAA) March 14, 2018
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 14, 2018
— Bethany Bump (@bethanybump) March 14, 2018
— Bradley E. Williams (@B_RadWill) March 14, 2018
— Amanda B (@AmandaBman) March 14, 2018
And it wasn’t just students participating in the protest. Adults also joined in, either by leaving their place of work for the 17 minutes or wearing orange — which is the symbolic color of the protest. They, too, shared their experiences and support on social media.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) March 14, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) March 14, 2018
Businesses also showed their support and solidarity with the walkout. All Viacom channels went dark for 17 minutes at 10am and Snapchat commemorated the event with a “school day” filter.
— Charlotte Bavasso (@chbavasso) March 14, 2018
We here at Clevver also stand in solidarity with the students and all the supporters of the National School Walkout. March for Our Lives, the march against gun violence and for gun reform, takes place on March 24th, 2018, nationwide.