When I was in high school, I remember my schoolmates protesting the fact that we couldn’t wear shorts to school during the hottest days of the year. So we walked out and got what we want. But today things are different.
We can learn alot from our kids today. I’m extremely proud of the teens behind Enough Is Enough – VS who have taken the responsibility to organize, or at least ask permission, to participate in the National School Walkout on Wednesday, March 14th at 10:00 a.m. You can learn more about the walkout here.
Until now, I thought this was the brainchild of the three Stoneman Douglas High School students who were the most outspoken after the deadly shooting on Valentine’s Day 2018 in Parkland, Florida. But it actually originated from EMPOWER, the youth branch of the Women’s March.
Either way, our kids are finally stepping up. It’s their lives that are being taken too soon due to senseless gun violence. They, with the exception of a few 18 year olds, can’t even vote. Boy, but if they could, we would ALL see a swift change in our national government.
I want to give a huge mommy hug to the students who reached out to me weeks ago first alerting me to their plans. I have to say, it was very well thought out and guided. Although I was unable to attend the Board of Education meeting at their request, I followed them on Instagram. I’m very impressed at how this was coordinated.
Very well done, kids. Some day we’ll all be under your leadership.
But how do you feel about your child being a part of the walk out? Are you okay with it? Are you not okay with it?
I saw a letter from one of the high schools and I have to say, I was a little taken aback by what it said.
“While we respect our students’ Constitutional rights to assemble peacefully and exhibit freedom of expression as long as it does not substantially and materially disrupt the educational environment…”
- Your absence will be excused
- missed assignments cannot be made up
Ummm, what? So they’re saying that we respect your right to assemble, but the kids will be punished for it. Another school is counting the walk out as cutting class for the current class period, and a “late” for the following period.
Ok. Well, that’s that and I don’t agree.
My kids are still in elementary school and they have decided to honor the moment with an “I Can, We Can Build A Better Community” Day reflective activity. You can read more about it here. I asked what how other local elementary schools are handling National Walk Out Day and some said the kids can walk out if they do with their parent.
While both elementary and high school’s across the country have been the targets of mass shootings, I’m happy the kids are taking a stand. No more just saying thoughts and prayers. It’s time to take some action and try and get some things changed.
Let’s be clear on why they’re walking out. It’s not to take away the right to bear arms. According to CNN, some of the reasons the kids are walking out are to:
- Ban assault weapons
- Require universal background checks before gun sales
- Pass a gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior.
Some parents in the community are in support of their kids walking out, while others are not. I want to think that if my kids were in high school, I would support them walking out. My oldest showed how much of a natural activist she was when she wanted to start a bus boycott when she was in 1st grade. She’s actually excited that they get to create posters tomorrow for what the school is calling “I Can, We Can Build A Better Community” Day.
To the parents of the students who are organizing this event locally, my hat’s off to you for raising amazing children.
How do you feel about this?
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