After the Parkland shooting this past Valentine’s Day, the survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School let it be known that they had had enough. Teens from the high school organized the March for Our Lives movement that’s gained the attention and financial backing of Oprah, George and Amal Clooney, and other people all around the world. Part one of their strategy to spread gun violence awareness was yesterday’s National Walkout Day and it created quite a buzz.
Our Kids Have Had Enough
March for Our Lives originally called for students across the country to walk out of classrooms to send one message: enough.
“We have seen enough senseless gun violence; we have lived in fear too long. We have buried too many heroes. We demand better,” as quoted from their official statements.
Students across the country—from Ohio to Oregon—participated. Not all of the kids were able to protest with a walkout though. Some schools threatened students with suspensions and other disciplinary actions for walking out. So, courageous teens have found other ways to protest. In the end, their message was heard far and wide.
Students at Granada Hills Charter High School in Los Angeles protested by walking out and having a “die-in” on their football field.
Students at a Los Angeles school held a die-in spelling #ENOUGH with their bodies as a gong sounded 17 times, one for each student killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting https://t.co/06T5j07Czb pic.twitter.com/OGNcwLJBel
— CNN (@CNN) March 14, 2018
Students at the Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, GA kneeled in silent protest.
Students at Booker T Washington High School in Atlanta talking a knee as part of the #NationalWalkoutDay protests. pic.twitter.com/bZpU8kQNjl
— Jamiles Lartey (@JamilesLartey) March 14, 2018
Everyone is Taking Action
While kids and teens made up the bulk of protestors, they aren’t the only ones who showed their support. Some politicians joined in, including Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York State, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State, and Mayor Teresa Jacobs of Orange County Florida and Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer. Plus, some celebrities shared their support on social media as well.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo joins students protesting for stricter gun laws in New York City as part of #NationalWalkoutDay. https://t.co/JuOWURifIL pic.twitter.com/4pcTTVA1zW
— ABC News (@ABC) March 14, 2018
Governor Jay Inslee listening to students at Ballard High School. #NationalWalkoutDay pic.twitter.com/JuKBzLiKIc
— Graham Johnson (@GrahamKIRO7) March 14, 2018
.@Mayor_Jacobs @OrlandoMayor joined our community for the #NationalSchoolWalkout at the @DrPhillipsCtr to remember the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, and to support increased school safety and end gun violence. #SafeSchools #Enough pic.twitter.com/NH2xAVNIsB
— Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) March 14, 2018
I am so proud, I stand with every student today. #NationalWalkoutDay
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) March 14, 2018
We support all the students #RisingUp to protest #GunViolence and in today’s #MarchForOurLives. We are proud of this generation’s inner strength and fearless gumption to let it shine. You are the change we wish to see in the world. THANK YOU. pic.twitter.com/nHdDBbFP0D
— Mariska Hargitay (@Mariska) March 14, 2018
We see you, kids, and we’re with you.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 14, 2018
The Fight Continues
National Walkout Day was a success in that communities across the country stopped to discuss gun violence and school shootings, but the fight is not over. March for Our Lives is organizing a march on Washington on March 24th. It’s just a few days away but you can still plan to help this worthy cause.
Do you live near Washington D.C.? Consider joining the students and their families at the march. Can’t make it? Consider donating to their GoFundMe page. Half of the funds will go to funding the March For Our Lives Action Fund, “a 501c4 that will cover expenses associated with the march taking place in Washington, D.C.” The other half will “provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.” So far, they have raised more than $3.29 million.
Remember, National Walkout Day was just the beginning—the fight continues.