The Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week left 17 students and staff dead. This school shooting replaced the 1999 Columbine High School massacre as the deadliest school shooting in America.
Gun laws and gun control has been a topic discussed for a while now, but after this event students are taking matters into their own hands. They aren’t waiting anymore for adults to make changes, they want action now. Students are demanding more mental health resources for troubled peers and for stricter gun control laws.
A large majority of the students have been very vocal on social media websites to call for action with their refrain “never again.” Information spread all over the social media world for national walk outs on March 14 calling for action.
On March 14, 2018 the Women’s March EMPOWER group is planning a national school walk out. In every time zone at 10 a.m. organizers are encouraging teachers, students, parents, and administrators to walk out for 17 minutes to account for the 17 lives lost at Stoneman Douglas High School. According to the website they state that “Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school.”
On March 24, 2018 Parkland students and student organizers are planning a March for Our Lives, planned in Washington DC for school safety and gun control.
Finally on April 20, 2018 there is a title going around known as the #NationalSchoolWalkout. Connecticut student Lane Murdock was one of the students to begin this idea. This plan is for high school students to walk out on the 20th of April for the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. There has been no designated time for this walk out. The housing of the plans is on twitter and a website called change.org with over 76,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning. The tweet pitching the high school walk out has over 139,000 times.