17 Powerful Sights And Sounds From The National School Walkout You Need To See And Hear
Straight from the mouths of babes!
March 14, 2018 at 5:53 pm
Students across the nation are fed up with the status quo, and they are making sure they're seen and heard! On Wednesday, thousands of students walked out of their schools to advocate for stricter gun control laws. The walkout was poignant, and lasted 17 minutes; one minute for each victim killed during the tragic Parkland, Florida, school shooting.
The #NationalWalkoutDay turnout was monumental as students, onlookers and media alike shared images on the internet that will go down in history. This picture of a sign that claps back at the dichotomy between gun rights and (black) human rights is sure to be one of them :
These California students decided to get creative by spelling out "Enough" on the football field. Message received!
This impassioned student dropped gems in a speech during one of the walkout protests, and he definitely has a knack for effective oration! Touching on the "ideal world" where the Marjory Stoneman High School victims' biggest worry would be an upcoming test really hit us in the gut.
"In an ideal world, the 20 first graders and kindergartners who died at Sandy Hook would be in middle school… The 17 victims from Stoneman Douglas would probably be eating lunch right now," student says at #NationalWalkoutDay rally https://t.co/9UbJD8FATr pic.twitter.com/77EQYqxmkw— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 14, 2018
In that same vein, students held up signs stating the obvious: that most of their worries or concerns should be about exams, college applications or study material … not whether or not they'll die in their classrooms today:
One group of students in New York traveled to Trump Tower to directly address the NRA with a "Hey Hey NRA, how many kids did you kill today?" chant:
Speaking of the NRA, here's an apt, alternate version of that acronym:
These students from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in MD did *not* get permission to come out here, did it anyway. #NationalSchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/FFeK7q2HBy— Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) March 14, 2018
The students may be missing school for a few minutes, but this sign captures, perfectly, the bigger picture:
In what was one of the most visceral images of the day, a group of young kids, who didn't look much older than kindergarten or 1st grade age, joined the protest with signs reading "Keep us safe in school."
Another student made it plain by stating "The adults have failed us." Word.
Student speaks in front of the U.S. Capitol on #NationalWalkoutDay: “Their right to own an assault rifle does not outweigh our right to live. The adults have failed us. This is in our hands now, and if any elected official gets in our way, we will vote them out.” pic.twitter.com/VEdAcLnuOI— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 14, 2018
16-year-old Justin Blackman posted a video on Twitter, showing the strength of one voice speaking out is still mighty, and was quickly praised for his courage by the woke:
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy ." – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/sBtJ0II6YG— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 14, 2018
These Atlanta students, who were reportedly told they were not allowed to walk out, took a knee in their school hallway in a meaningful ode to activism:
BREAKING PHOTO: Students at an Atlanta high school banned from participating in the #NationalWalkoutDay demonstrations take a knee in their school hallway. pic.twitter.com/kynqnTeBub— The Anon Journal (@TheAnonJournal) March 14, 2018
And that moment when "bear arms" meant something much more loving and positive:
“Arms Are For Hugging”- hands down my favorite sign. Met these juniors from Churchill High School of Potomac, MD heading down for #NationalWalkOutDay asking for gun reform & #EndGunViolence. Children are not prey! pic.twitter.com/cMF1xoYXCt— Marselha G. Margerin (@marselhagm) March 14, 2018
Many "Am I Next?" signs popped up around the country as well:
Another sign read "I wanna make it to graduation." Wow.
In a true show of solidarity, the students of Columbine High School also participated in the national walkout:
Among the hundreds of schools taking part in #NationalWalkoutDay, the demonstration hits home for Columbine High School in Colorado, where two students opened fire in April 1999, killing 12 of their fellow students and a teacher. https://t.co/s0oJYB9f2l pic.twitter.com/dL9IceX8dH— ABC News (@ABC) March 14, 2018
Oh, and best believe these students are going to use their voices in the voting booth, too.
And finally, one group of students reminded each other that by standing together "we gon' be alright:"