We all knew about the walkout on March 14, but that was not enough. Students want to be able to know that they are safe at school. After the Parkland, Florida shooting, students have had enough and demanded to take matters into their own hands.
The National School Walkout took place on April 20, to honor the anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre and the 13 people who died. ABC states, “The event was organized by 16-year-old Lane Murdock, a sophomore at Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, along with three of her classmates.”
More than 2,000 events are registered across the country, with at least one in every state and several globally, according to the organizers.”
What is Their Mission?
“National School Walkout is a movement powered and led by students across the country. We’re protesting congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence. America is the only country in the world where so many people are killed by guns, and yet our leaders do nothing about it. In many states, it’s more difficult to register to vote than it is to buy a rifle. Apparently, to some politicians, a vote is scarier than a gun,” says the National School Walkout official website.
Most students and even some teachers are passionate about these movements. Though administrators have warned students that walking out of the classroom may have consequences, students’ faith in these movements has given them no doubt in the importance of the walkouts.