To the Editor:
Disgusted by federal inaction, devastated by the Parkland shooting, and determined to see real change, students around the country walked out of class at 10 a.m. on March 14th, one month after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Students of Nutley High School also protested, in solidarity with students from over 3000 other schools across America. The 17-minute rally honored the 17 lives lost at Parkland, outlined our demands for Congress, and emphasized that gun violence not only makes us feel unsafe in school, but also disproportionately impacts people of color and women in abusive relationships.
We oppose any legislation that would increase the presence of guns in our schools. We demand passage of common sense gun reform to address the public health crisis that is gun violence. These measures are already supported by the majority of the American people; it’s time for our elected officials to represent us, not the gun lobby.
The ENOUGH National School Walkout is an initiative organized by Women’s March Youth Empower, but entirely student-led. Along with my classmates Zawar Ahmed, Ellie McCreesh, and Noah Roselli, I initiated the Nutley High School walkout, which involved an estimated 400 students.
We are immensely thankful for our administration’s respect for our First Amendment rights, as well as the Nutley Police Department’s dedication to the safety of the protest. While students from other schools are being punished for their courageous action, we, the students of students of Nutley High School, were able to express ourselves free from the threat of suspension.
We are committed to seeing this through until gun violence is no longer a threat. We, the students will be marching for our lives, showing up to vote, and peacefully, but unflaggingly using our voices until we achieve a safe future. Enough is enough.