Students at Watchung Hills Regional High School have planned a walkout to protest the inaction regarding gun reform and to urge politicians to pass meaningful gun safety legislation on Wednesday, March 14, at 10:00 AM for 17 minutes, to honor the 17 victims who tragically lost their lives in the Parkland, Florida school shooting. The walkout, which is student led and organized, is expected to include over 500 students.
This is the description of the event from the official page:
"Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a#NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods. We need action. Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship.
We are walking out of WHRHS to show that students are unified in taking safety concerns seriously. This is not a political/partisan walkout, but rather an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the students of Parkland, Florida.
WHO? We invite all students who are interested in showing their solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to walkout of class. This is NOT a mandatory walkout and participation is optional.
WHEN? March 14th, 2018 @ 10am (during Period 1 - Day 3)
Students will be leaving their Period 1 class at 10am sharp. We will not be able to announce when the walkout will start since this is currently not a school-sponsored event, but instead a student-led grassroots movement. Please leave your class respectfully at 10am. Take your backpacks with you as you walkout along with any signs/posters you have created for the event.
The official 17 minute walkout will start at 10:10am and we will remain outside for the following 17 minutes until 10:27am. Following the walkout, classes will resume as normal. We are expecting that the walkout will end right in time for lunch.
WHY MARCH 14th? This is the one-month anniversary of the shooting in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
WHY 17 MINUTES? 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida.
WILL YOU GET IN TROUBLE? The administration has expressed that they would NOT actively pursue disciplining kids who decide to participate. If you still feel unsure about participating please note that many colleges have come out with statements saying that discipline resulting from a walkout will not impact admissions decisions."