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The Nationwide Walkout

Jaden Wood, Sophomore Staff Writer

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March 14th, 2018 marks the one month anniversary of the massive school shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The tragic event resulted in the deaths of seventeen students and faculty, ranking it as one of the most deadly school shootings in history.

In memory of those seventeen lives lost on the day that was supposed to be a day of love and appreciation, the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER has orchestrated March 14th to be a day of reflection and mourning. At 10:00 in the morning of the 14th, students and faculty all across the United States are planning to walk out of their scheduled classes for seventeen minutes total; one minute for each life lost.

The silent protest acts as a push for control on school violence and the general safety of public schools nationwide. According to Fox News, approximately 185,000 students are planning on taking seventeen minutes out of their day to make an impression broadcasting their views of school violence. However, some schools are reprimanding students who choose to walk out and show support, but the majority of schools, including Abilene High School, are all for their students’ choice of walking out to commemorate the dead of Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

For students here at AHS, the walkout will take place during second block at the northeast exit of the building on an orange day: the last day of school before spring break. The protest is designed to be a time for silent remembrance, not an excuse to get out of class, so it’s important that students know that they should only be participating in the protest for the right reasons. The school administration is not planning on punishing students for their choice of walking out or staying in because freedom of expression and opinion is a strongly pushed value at AHS. The walkout will mark a notch in the growing issue of school violence, but even more importantly, it will serve as a moment of lamentation for those beautiful lives lost.

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The Nationwide Walkout