Why Are Minnesota Students Walking Out of Classrooms Today?
March 14, 2018 is the day of the National School Walkout. It is a protest to raise awareness about school safety and the impact of gun violence. The nationwide march was originally organized by Women's March Youth Empower and is set to happen at 10 AM and last for 17 minutes. March 14th was chosen as the date because it is exactly one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and 17 minutes is the length to honor the 17 people that lost their lives in the shooting.
So what are they doing during the walkout? It's kinda the call of the walkers. Some students are planning on circling the schools while holding hands, some are having moments of silence, some are taking the opportunity to post about it on social media and speak out against gun violence. From what I have seen across the internet today, is that school faculty are OK with the walkouts happening as long as they remain peaceful.
So what happens after this walkout today? Well there is another one scheduled for April 20th, but there are things students can do everyday to make schools a safer and happier place for everyone. A couple of my friends have been sharing a note a teacher left on their white board, it says:
Walk Up not Out
- Walk up to the kid that sits alone and ask them to join your group
- Walk up to the kid that never has a voluntary partner and offer to be their's
- Walk up to your teachers and thank them
- Walk up to someone and just be nice!
Little things can often make big differences! This isn't just a school thing either, maybe if we are all just a little bit nicer to each other in every aspect of our lives, the world will be a safer and happier place!
Learn more about the #ENOUGH National School Walkout here.