Taylor Demeere ‘19: Nearly a month ago, on February 14, an active shooter opened fire on students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, leaving 17 victims. For students, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Students are taking a stand, demanding a change.
The first step in student’s movement is a nationwide walkout. Schools from all around the country worked together to create this in-school walkout, working to peacefully protest gun violence in America. This nationwide walkout is set to take place on Wednesday, March 14, at 10:00 am. The protest will last for 17 minutes: one minute for each victim of the Parkland shooting.
Students, demanding that their voices be heard, are turning heads. New legislation has already been proposed and students are already beginning to see the results they demand.
Many students are no longer hoping for change, but evoking it instead.
“I want to see a change in the society,” Bret Miller ‘20 said. “Whatever is happening right now, obviously isn’t working.”
High school students across the country will take the steps to demand change.
“I will totally do the walkout because I feel it is a big issue,” Karen Brown ‘19 said. “I think it is finally time for some big change.”
Students and teachers are striving to feel safe at school or work. Walking out provides a peaceful platform to have their voice heard, in hopes to bring awareness and change towards a school safety concerns.