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"In a subtle way, you can shake the world."
― Mohandas Ghandi
― Mohandas Ghandi
The Meaning of the Walkout
by Christina Maldonado '19
Only a month has passed from the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; the shooting concluded seventeen deaths of staff and students, which was caused by guns. Many students believed that they should never have to run for their lives again, so they decided that they could walk. Students across the nation came together; they left their school by the hundreds, and thousands at ten o’clock in the morning. New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, and Santa Ana are a few places that had students participate in the walkout. This walkout was created to show respect for the people who lost their lives from school shooting, and to express their opinions about gun violence.
Last week, the governor signed a bill last week that raised the minimum age for purchasing a firearm to the age of twenty-one. This was from the students of Stoneman Douglas High, and other schools that went to rally.
Some of the schools’ students were punished for leaving school, but others encouraged their student to participate in a walkout; if the school did not allow the walk out, they, the students were informed of the disciplinary consequences ahead of time. At many schools, there were teachers and parents who joined in on the walkout. The walkouts usually lasted seventeen minutes, one for each victim from the Parkland shooting.
In Colorado, Ms. Tyner stood with her thousands of students who had signs. One of the sign said, “This is our future,” and other students release balloons of the color red, white and blue. Students across the nation showed their movement on social media by posting on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and any other social media, so people can see how important it is to them, and how many people are there to support the movement.
In other places, Wednesday was just another day in the week, and classes went on. Some people have little interest for the lives of other people, the act of protesting, but as you see the news, you can see that the walkout was meaningful to a large amount of people.