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Walkouts

Lori Hart

Lori Hart

Julia Knies, Online Opinion Editor

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To honor the 17 fallen students of the Florida shooting, thousands of students and teachers across the country walked out of their classrooms at 10 am on March 14. They stood in silence for 17 minutes, one minute for each student. Walkouts are a good way for students to bring awareness to problems they are concerned about.

The students who go to the school in Florida organized the walkouts and the protest, March For Our Lives. Walkouts provide a way for students to express and make people aware that there are problems and that they need more recognition. They do not cause harm and are most likely not violent, especially if they are on school grounds.

Walkouts are not a new form of protest and have been happening for many years. In 1968, 15,000 students of Mexican descent walked out of a school in East Los Angeles for bilingual and bicultural programs. That walkout was a catalyst for a political revolution, and it was done by students. Students have opinions and problems that need to be shared as well, so walkouts are a non-destructive way for students to get that across.

Since they are considered a form of protest, some people don’t support them. Like with the recent walkout on March 14, instead of the walkout just being about honoring the students, people decided it was to raise awareness for gun control as well. People who do not think gun control needs to be increased may not have participated in the walkout because of that even if they wanted to pay respect to the students.

Others don’t think walkouts accomplish anything. Everyone has their own reason but some say that the school walkouts are on too small of a scale or won’t make a difference because they are just at schools. Clearly, after recent events, schools across the whole country participated. Students are strong when they all come together to make changes. They are not just children and they should be taken seriously.

While typically on a smaller scale compared to marches, walkouts are an easy way, especially for students, to protest matters without violence. They show others how many people do care and that students are not alone in what they are concerned about.

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