MN students to participate in National School Walkout


The date marks one month since the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. "That's really scary that that could happen to kids like our friends, or that could've been us'". More than 2,500 walkouts are planned nationwide.

Students from at least nine Howard County schools have planned walkouts for this morning as part of a national protest against gun violence.

In the Washington region, high school students from local districts are planning to stand in silence for 17 minutes in front of the White House and later march to the Capitol, where they hope to meet with lawmakers. The issue also hits home for 17-year-old Fatima Younis, an EMPOWER organizer from Frederick, Md.

Other schools sought a middle ground, offering "teach-ins" or group discussions on gun violence and working to keep things safe.

"However, disruptive or disorderly behavior, leaving campus, and/or not returning to class in a timely fashion, will result in disciplinary consequences ..."

Minisee, meanwhile, says she was jolted to action by the many unarmed black men shot dead by American police. She asks the representative why she voted to allow mentally ill people to have access to guns. But the Women's March is "very intentional" about approaching causes from an intersectional lens, she said.

Students from Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Holyoke are expected to rally for an hour outside the Springfield headquarters of Smith & Wesson to demand a meeting with the gun manufacturer's chief executive to discuss how the manufacturer can "help reduce gun violence".

Tuesday, the students were finishing up posters that they'll be carrying during the walkout.

Students from at least 50 MA schools are joining the movement, according to Walkout for Action, a coalition of local students.

In Washoe County, North Valleys and Reno High school are some of the schools with approved walkout activities.

Teachers and administrators will be joining the students for the peaceful protest. "My classmates safety", said Perea. "I lived 20 minutes away from the town in CT, so I distinctly remember the day that the Sandy Hook shooting's moments like that where you realize how severe the issue is. We just don't want it unstructured for half the day".

Minisee, whose 18th birthday falls after the midterms, plans to carpool voters to the polling station come November. "We're exhausted of negotiating with our elected officials - we've been talking for a long time, and they haven't seemed to listen", she told Moneyish. "So at this point, we're ready to take their jobs and replace them with people who are going to have our best interests in mind". "The escalating violence in our nation's schools needs to be addressed and we respect the rights of our students to participate in those endeavors that bring attention and action to key issues", Superintendent John Hamstra wrote in a letter to school district parents.

He argues that they're oversimplifying the problem of school violence by advocating more gun control as the solution.