March 14, 2018, students across America decided to take unite in a peaceful protest in the honor of the seventeen lives lost in Parkland, Florida’s school shooting. The protest started at 10:00 a.m. and lasted 17 minutes.
Its purpose was to emphasize gun control and school safety. These tragedies have happened too often to go unnoticed.
My school was one of the few that claimed it would allow students to take part in this occasion. The school provided posters that students would be able to sign and write positive messages on.
These posters were hung on each hallway to allow easy access, away from exit doors.
Teachers were emailed prior to the occasion, and ordered to stand at exit doors and encourage students to sign the poster then go back to class. I, along with about 200 other students, attempted to leave out the front doors.
There were five administrators blocking our path. They exclaimed that going outside was a safety hazard, and that we should sign the poster and continue to our next class.
Fellow GrrlPunch and classmate Reed Winckler also expressed her discontent for the school’s unruliness.
“Our principal is probably going to use those posters as his placemat for dinner tonight” Winckler Said.
This made most of us furious. Some students were yelling at the administrators, complaining about the lies that we were told. Once it was clear that there was no way we could leave the building, we collectively decided we would go to the senior courtyard instead.
Huddled outside, students sang and spoke words of inspiration to each other. Other students were filming us on their phones as they were headed to their next class.
The event was so emotional that we did not want to break apart at 10:17. Immediately after the 17 minutes, the principal and administrators yelled at us to go back to class. It was the kind of yell that you could feel the aggression in, and as I walked back to class, I realized I was the only one missing from physics.
Student Sydney Strickland weighed in on her thoughts of the day.
“A big problem with our generation is that we are afraid to stand up for what we believe in. Adults, who we look up to for guidance, should encourage us as students to promote our beliefs rather than suppress us when we take the initiative to say something,” Strickland said
The very thought that none of my classmates participated in such an important occasion for our generation disappointed me.The very thought that my school claimed that they would let students participate, then completely deny their statement disappoints me.
But it will be okay, because the 200 students I was with that day, gave me hope that one day, we will not have to live with these issues