“Just because they’re students, they don’t have to be quiet about it.”
Pupils at schools throughout the country held walkouts to protest gun violence days after at least 19 elementary school students and two teachers were killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Students at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, held a walkout on Thursday at 12 p.m., following a school shooting in November. The shooting resulted in the deaths of four students.
In solidarity of the national gun safety campaign, students from Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, also walked out of class. In November of this year, two pupils were slain in a shooting at the school.
Students in Port Washington, New York, and Falls Church, Virginia, also organized walkouts.
At least 600 students walked out of Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School in Port Washington this afternoon, according to student organizers.
Following the 2018 Parkland High School massacre, Emma Janoff, an 11th grader at Schreiber and a member of ‘Students Demand Action,’ a nationwide anti-gun violence movement, says she became involved in gun control legislation and school safety.
“You watch headlines every day about kids getting shot and adults your age dying, and it’s just very sad and terrible,” Janoff told ABC News. “I can’t picture that happening to me, yet it does since it occurs so frequently.”
The 17-year-old claims that her school’s administration backed the walkout, and she believes that the over 200 planned rallies throughout the country send a strong message that students are a “united front.”
Although a walkout may not always result in laws being changed, Janoff believes that these activities demonstrate that “students are still unified in this.”
Although most kids aren’t old enough to vote, she claims that they still want to see change and are prepared to go to great lengths to have their views heard in politics.