Hundreds Participate in Student Led National School Walkout at Gov. Livingston High School

Hundreds of Gov. Livingston students participated in the National School Walkout on Wednesday at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes for the 17 people who were killed in the Parkland school tragedy. Credits: Mikayla Sanchez
GL Walkout organizers, from left: Keren Amkraut, Lauren Plattman, Maddy Reilly Credits: Mikayla Sanchez
Credits: Mikayla Sanchez
Credits: Mikayla Sanchez
A member of the Walkout organization team, Maddy Reilly Credits: Mikayla Sanchez
Member of the Walkout organization team, Katie Zimmerman Credits: Mikayla Sanchez
Jonathan Nevius Credits: Mikayla Sanchez
Credits: Mikayla Sanchez
Credits: Mikayla Sanchez
Bailey Gold and Juliann Lopes organized the March For Our Lives t-shirt sale. Proceeds to be donated to the GoFundMe set up to support the Parkland victims' families. Credits: Mikayla Sanchez
Credits: Mikayla Sanchez

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Hundreds of students at Gov. Livingston High School participated in the National School Walkout on Wednesday to honor the victims of the Parkland school shooting in Florida on February 14 and to have their voices heard on gun violence and school safety. Students in all grades gathered behind the school at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes.

Gov. Livingston students Lauren Plattman, Keren Amkraut, Katie Zimmerman, and Maddy Reilly organized the walkout. Amkraut and Plattman spoke at a recent Board of Education meeting to express their desire to participate in the National School Walkout. They asked for the board's support to help facilitate the event and asked that students and teachers who want to participate to be allowed to do so, "no questions asked."

Many students wore “March For Our Lives” t-shirts as well as the color orange, to symbolize gun violence awareness. On their own time, juniors Juliann Lopes and Bailey Gold organized the sale of the walkout t-shirts and donated the proceeds to the GoFundMe to support the Parkland victims' families. Lopes said, “I wanted to be able to raise money in a more efficient way by selling t-shirts that could be worn even after the walkout ended because the movement is not something that needs to stop.”

Sign Up for E-News

Student safety was considered during the walkout and teachers and police officers were present as students rallied together.

The 17 names of the victims of the Parkland shooting were read and a moment of silence was dedicated to gun violence victims.

Plattman, the Social Action Vice President of NFTY-GER, (North Federation of Temple Youth Garden Empire Region), being familiar with the topic, believed her knowledge would benefit the students. She said it is important to protest because, “this movement is not going to go away just because it’s been a month, it’s going to continue… there have been shootings before the Parkland tragedy and we need to stop that.”

Other students including Jonathan Nevius also stood behind the megaphone to express the importance of “standing up and making our voices heard.”

As a response to the positive outcome of the protest, Gov. Livingston Principal Robert Nixon said, “Anytime you are able to do something like this in a very positive and respectful manner it brings us closer as a school community… it gives us the opportunity to reflect on our practice and on how our students and staff members are extremely supportive of our local community.”

Editor's Note: Mikayla Sanchez is a junior at Gov. Livingston High School participating in the TAPinto Berkeley Heights internship program. To learn more about participating in the internship program, contact

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Free Public Panel Will Explore Sexual Assault and Consent

April 20, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites members of the public to attend a panel discussion on sexual assault and consent on Wednesday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. in Room N-4 at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford. The panel will feature a question and answer session.

The panel discussion is intended to raise awareness about sexual assault and consent in ...

Annual Fishing Derby Returns to Oakwood Park on Saturday, April 28

Mark your calendars!  The annual Fishing Derby returns to Oakwood Park Saturday, April 28th, rain or shine, from 8:00 – 11:00am.  Co-sponsored by New Providence P.B.A. Local #132 and New Providence Recreation, this family favorite event is one of the borough’s “signs of spring”!

Bring your rod, reel & bait to fish for trout of varying sizes stocked in ...

Free Living History Event Showcases World War I Centennial

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors to experience battlefield life as a World War I American Salvation Army volunteer, featuring Ms. Laurie MacDonald-Gaulke, actress and storyteller, in a special free presentation of “Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in France.”

Doughnuts for Doughboys takes place on Tuesday, April 25 at ...

Thank You, St. Joseph's Volunteers

April 16, 2018

Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (  Whether you make a sandwich, collect toiletries, tutor in the job program, make soup, wrap Christmas gifts, donate food, ...

New Providence Borough Council to Cultivate Relationships with County Officials

April 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Councilman Robert Robinson touted the importance of personal relationships with Union County representatives at the Monday, April 9 council meeting.

Union County Freeholders Angel Estrada and Bette Jane Kowalski attended the Street Smart campaign kick-off event prior to the meeting providing the council members with the opportunity to chat face-to-face with the two ...

Chatham Township Committee Unanimously Adopts Ordinance to Ban Marijuana Retail Sales; Cannabis Advocates Disagree

April 13, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter began the new year by pledging to oppose Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and Thursday night he followed through by voting to adopt an ordinance that prohibits "marijuana cultivation, production testing, manufacturing facilities and retail stores' in the township.

The Chatham Township Committee ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, April 21, 11:00 AM

Our Lady of Peace , New Providence

Our Lady of the Peace Church Holds Healing & ...

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Self-Care Event

Health & Wellness

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Self-Care Event

Health & Wellness

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Sheep to Shawl Festival


Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Sheep to Shawl Festival

Education Other