The national event, officially called Women’s March Youth Empower, is designed for students to walk out of school as a way of demanding government action against gun violence in the aftermath of the February 14 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
Goodman says they “went into father mode and protected us”, and “we kind of formed a bond”.
DeVos said students gave her mixed responses as to how they were doing. DeVos took only a handful of questions at a news conference afterward, not getting into specific details about the visit or what policy proposals she would consider to curb gun violence.
“I told the newspaper reporters that I would love to come back in an appropriate amount of time and just sit down and talk with them”, she said amid the brief presser, adding that she toured the school with student journalists.
The goal of the National School Walkout is to “demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship”, according to its website. As long as things remain peaceful, Parker said, the walkout will be permitted. Seventeen people were killed, making it one of the world’s deadliest school massacres. “It’s happening to all of us, and it could be any one of us”.
“A lot of the controversy about walk outs is that you’re walking away from education, walking away from community”, Adams said. We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will cast their ballots in 2020.
“The walkout is specifically for high school students to participate in, whereas the rally is more for the community”, said Michael Smith, who has been part of the team organizing the student walkout at Carlisle High School. I felt nearly disrespected that she came to my school and spoke to my face and said nothing that was helpful, like, ‘Why did you come anyway?
And on March 24, gun control activists nationwide will participate in the March for Our Lives in Washington. “We must be the last families to suffer the loss of a loved one due to a mass shooting at a school”.
“We want to stand up because we don’t want it to happen again”, Miss Whittaker said.
“We value their views and strive to provide a positive and safe environment where they can respectfully express their opinions”, Vinson wrote.
“We’re trying to come to some kind of consensus”, he said.
Alicia Lorta and Molinna Bui, both 18, said Tuesday they have begun making flyers and cards for the #ENOUGH National School Walkout organized by the Youth Empower branch of the Women’s March.
Jeffco Schools Superintendent Jason Glass said the district is not taking a position of supporting the walk outs, but rather remaining neutral.