Schools Around the Country Walk Out


Schools around the country “Walk Out” in memory of the 17 victims of the Marjory Stone Douglas High School shooting. Photo by Cindy Yang.

On Wednesday March 14, exactly one month after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Fla., schools all over the country came together in solidarity to honor those who died and stand up for gun reform.

At 10:00 am, for seventeen minutes, each minute representing a victim of the Parkland shooting, such as Nicholas Dworget, a star swimmer and Aaron Feis, a football coach, students at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA), linked arms in silence and made it clear to the world that the tragedy that occurred would not fade away like the others without tangible change.

A strong feeling of unity and support filled the air and it felt like for the first time a difference would be made, that Parkland wouldn’t be another Columbine or Sandy Hook.

This feeling of protest for a noble cause will hopefully anchor in these students’ hearts as a desire for change and the motivation to be the ones to do it. The magnitude of this event turns a new leaf in the way we handle mass shootings as a society and as students.

American has become desensitized to school shootings since they are a frequent occurrence. However, with students now being the lead voice in gun violence in school it shows we will no longer be silent about changing the fatal flaw in the way we handle gun control in this country.

– by Matthew Ruiz and Malina Seenarine ’18