Updated: Dec 4, 2018
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The National School Walkout was organized by young people working with Women's March Youth Empower. It was a call to action for young people worldwide to stand against gun violence and Congressional inaction after the Parkland school shooting. Students in Warner Robins, GA participated in the walkout, and one of our former MSK members led the effort at her school.
"We as the next generation have to make changes we want to see in the world, or nothing will change." Kiram, 16
For 17 minutes, on March 14, 2018, Houston County High School openly allowed students to participate in the National Walk Out Against Gun Violence.
The push to gain the school's support was done by myself and a few friends. Our original plan was to meet at the front of the school in opposition to the administration's initial decision to punish students for participating in the walkout. After it became apparent to school officials that members of the student body, like myself, were insistent on walking out, despite the consequences, they began to rethink their opposition.
After much deliberation, school administrators decided to allow students to participate in the walkout if they chose to.
We as the next generation have to make changes we want to see in the world, or nothing will change. A lot of people didn't think that a walkout would accomplish anything except for trouble, but it did so much more. Politicians and lawmakers now see that we have bite and bark, and that we won't stop until we get the results we need. The walkout was just the beginning!