Thousands Walked Out But The Fight’s Not Over

march for our lives, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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 the Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, GA kneeled in silent protest.

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.

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.