Hello, Everybody! I hope you are all had a wonderful snow day. For today’s article, I’m going to be discussing a topic that has become a national conversation. As many of you might know, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. This heartbreaking event has sparked a conversation among teens across the United States, and its purpose: to get lawmakers to listen.
On March 14, the students at our school will be able to participate in the National School Walkout Day. If you choose to join the movement, you will walk out of Charter Arts at 10 a.m for 17 minutes. The purpose of this movement is to honor the victims of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting through a period of silence- 17 minutes for each of the 17 victims. In order to make sure that everyone is safe, appointed Charter Arts staff will be standing outside to direct students. Our teachers and Administrators support our first amendment rights to freedom of speech, and thus, no disciplinary measures will be taken against students who choose to respectfully use their voice. That being said, all students must act safely and appropriately while representing themselves, and those who have been killed by senseless gun violence.
Students from high schools across the U.S are participating in this nation-wide movement, but that doesn’t mean that you have to. If walking out of school is not something that you feel comfortable doing, there are many other ways that you can make a difference! Whether it be writing a letter to you local and state legislators, or by creating a movement of your own, all of your help will cause change to occur.
If you want to learn more about this movement or want to know more about how you can contribute, please refer to: http://sayenough.org/