Students stood on the sidewalk around the school and chanted for 17 minutes, one minute each for the 17 people who died in the Parkland shooting.
An estimated 1 million students across the nation took 17 minutes from the school day to remember the 17 people - 14 students and three adults - killed in a Florida high school on February 14. The Democrat told reporters at Marist College February 22nd that NY laws are far ahead of federal laws. "But I felt that taking action and trying to change the legislation that allowed the shooting in Florida to happen would be a really good use of the 17 minutes", she said. My problem is, I know better.
A new reality happens when you can imagine one.
On March 14, high school students across the country walked out of class. The gun safety group named for former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is continuing to "lend support in any way the students need, especially helping to operationalize these marches, from logistics to programming", a Giffords spokesman said.
Students at Logan County High School didn't walk out but had a moment of silence.
Some students held demonstrations indoors to avoid disciplinary action.
Equally important, under the new law Florida school districts would receive state funding to provide mental health care to students.
Today, March 14th, was the day that school walkouts across the nation were supposed to be held in honor of the 17 victims of the awful school shooting that occurred in Parkland, Florida. "They want us to think that it's inevitable and that it's something we have to prepare for, even though we wouldn't even have to be doing those drills if these politicians would actually listen to the people that have actually gone through it". Does that meet the acceptable standard of when schools do or do not allow students to leave classrooms?
District resident Gwendolyn Maxwell noted on Facebook that she knew of a child who chose not to walk out because he was afraid of leaving himself open to a shooter.
An organized sit-in, planned with input from student representatives, also was scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Frelinghuysen Middle School, said Principal Joseph Uglialoro. Shen Public Information Officer Kelly DeFeciani says a threat was discovered Friday afternoon. "In light of the message being specific to today, we have increased police presence on campus". One proposal by our president is to arm teachers. But even those are running into resistance from pro-gun lawmakers. 48 percent oppose it. Gonzalez will lead a discussion about ending gun violence and how to make sure schools and public spaces are safe. Students in large schools more frequently feel isolated and rejected, characteristics common among mass violence perpetrators.
Pennridge isn't the only district that punished its students for participating in the walkouts.
The Parkland students who have become the face of the gun control movement have made a concerted effort to show that they're not simply figureheads of the campaign.
Adults, including elected officials, can either follow or get out of the way.
"We wanted to help keep this in the media", says 22-year-old McGill law student Phil Lord, co-organizer of the Montreal event.
As local school boards and state policymakers weigh their options for safety improvement, reducing secondary school size is an idea deserving of their consideration. "Things like this start with the youth", Jackson said. It was infuriating to see that so many adults, in positions of responsibility of "our" young people would use them, or let them be used, for politics in their time of fear.