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Students Walk Out Nationwide

(OP: MARCH 21, 2018)

Trajedy Strikes A Nation

On February 14th, 2018, a 19-year-old former student of Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida gained access to, and opened fire in the school, killing 17 people, with the ages of the victims ranged from 14 to 49.  Following this massacre, survivors of the shooting have rallied together, and mobilized to demand a reform in gun control laws. The political movement, headed by teenage students, has captured national attention, and inspired students across the United States to stand in solidarity, and lobby for change.

The Winsor School Stands Up

Students of The Winsor School, a 5th – 12th grade, all-girls prep school, located in Boston, MA staged a “walk-out” on February 21st, 2018, in protest of gun violence. As dozens of students left their classrooms, and marched on the streets, they rhythmically chanted, “NRA [National Rifle Association] Not Today,” and “No More Guns.” Iona Gossage, a senior at The Winsor School, felt compelled to participate in the walk-out, saying “Their [Parkland students’] passion has inspired others, like myself, to stand with them to end gun violence in the United States,” continuing, Gossage explains, “I feel so much empathy for all those affected by school shootings, and I strongly believe that the American government needs to take serious steps to combat gun violence, like the Parkland students are.”

Gossage is no stranger to political activism, as she has participated in the Women’s March on Washington (2017), the Women’s March on Boston (2017), as well as the March for Science in Boston (2017).  Gossage is not alone in her political activism, as there appears to be a surge in youth activism, with the tipping point being the Parkland shooting. Since then, political demonstrations have been rampant, with no signs of slowing down. On March 14th, 2018, the one-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting, a national walk-out occurred, and thousands of students across the country walked-out of their classrooms to remind school shooting survivors that their message for gun reform has not been forgotten. Similarly, on March 24th, 2018, the March For Our Lives on Washington is scheduled, where nearly 500,000 students are expected to attend.

Though no major policy changes have occurred since the initial shooting, the Parkland students remain persistent in their quest to end gun violence.