Today is the big day – students across the US are walking out of their classrooms to protest gun violence and send a message to politicians that they want more gun control. The walk out comes on the one month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
Sponsored by Empower, the youth wing of the Women’s March, the walk out beings at 10 A.M. and is to last for 17 minutes. One minute for each victim from the Parkland shooting.
Most schools have said they will not punish their students for leaving class, while other school administrations caution about making political statements.
From Fox News:
Districts in Sayreville, New Jersey, and Maryland’s Harford County drew criticism this week when they said students could face punishment for leaving class. In Pensacola, Florida, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas ordered students to hold an in-school assembly instead, telling them they could discuss voting and mental health issues, but not guns, and saying that political banners would not be allowed.
However, not all schools are participating. A new movement called Walk Up, Not Out has emerged. It encourages students to take a more proactive approach rather than one of protest.
For those of you deciding to #walkout , consider another route. Everyone wants to fit in, but who of you are willing to stand out? Be a leader? Or simply "be nice" to the kid that doesn't remind you of you? #WalkUp #LoveOnPurpose pic.twitter.com/nAhNr43lpg
— Mr. Jefferson (@MrJeffersonJHS) March 14, 2018
One Catholic school is urging students to pray for other students.
#WalkIn-Today at 10 AM while students across the nation #walkout in protest of gun violence, QA students will spend 17 minutes reaching out to others that we don't spend enough time getting to know, and praying that all young people feel included in their communities. pic.twitter.com/civ6qR3JTC
— QA Catholic School (@QASchool) March 14, 2018
The Women’s March is also planning a “March for Our Lives” later this month in Washington D.C.
It’s great that students are taking action because they should advocate for safer schools – no child should live in fear of getting shot in a classroom. But instead of addressing the real problems like institutional failures by our FBI and local law enforcement agencies, as well as mental health issues, liberals have hijacked the movement and turned it into one about gun control.
The kids are being used as political pawns to further agendas and as we all saw at the CNN Town hall, they are even being exploited for TV ratings.
The Walkout movement may not really accomplish anything, but the Walk Up movement actually could.
If you’re a parent, did you let your child participate in the walkout? How did you talk to them about what’s going on? Let us know in the comments.