Students Taking a Stand

It is the next generation’s turn to fight for their rights.

Students are refusing to let another school shooting or any mass shooting slide. It has been decided that it’s time to make a change and fight for stricter gun laws to protect the country. Before the effort to make change begins, students all around the country are welcomed to participate in the National School Walkout, taking place March 24 at 10AM.

Many schools around the nation are supportive of their students walking out of school for 17 minutes in remembrance of the 17 lives taken in Parkland, Florida. They believe students should express their opinions on safety and remembrance in the safest way, like a peaceful protest.

However, some schools in the country are not supportive of the walkout and students could be subject to discipline if they walk out of their school. Some schools in Texas believe that it is a distraction and is just an excuse to get out of class.

A coming together like this one seems to be something like never before and is showing no signs of stopping. The next coming generation has had enough and is joining each other to take a stand.

“I think it’s good that kids our age are working together to be the change the world is looking for,” sophomore Emily Pedersen said. “It gives the world hope.”

In order to avoid “skipping class”, students should be aware of why they are walking out of the school. Superintendents and principals of schools appreciate when students know the purpose of this action. Whether it is to advocate change or just to support those who are making an effort toward change, it is important that they are in it for a supportive reason.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors are encouraging students like them to help them fight for change.

To participate in change a little closer to home, the Chicago Tribune says, “high school students throughout the Chicago area are deep into planning walkouts, letter-writing campaigns and other civic-engagement initiatives that they hope will lead to policy changes that prevent future school shootings.”