Walking Out in Protest 🚶🚶🚶

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3,000+ walkouts across the nation

Wednesday morning, an estimated 185,000 students and adults walked out of their classrooms all over the U.S. in support of the Parkland, FL high school shooting victims. Some students walked out for the whole day, while others walked out for 17 minutes - in honor of the 17 victims.

Why yesterday?

Yesterday marked the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas HS. In addition to honoring the victims, students are calling for stricter gun laws. They are using #Enough to press Congress for ‘common sense’ gun laws.

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Leaning Right:

Fox News: 'Coerced' student walkout in Chicago is 'political indoctrination:' GOP chair
The Inquirer: When schools support gun-control protests, are they silencing students with alternative points of view?

 

The right is concerned about schools endorsing ‘liberal’ views on gun controls and thus stifling other student opinions. They are also calling the walkout an ‘indoctrination’ by public schools since several schools went as far as sending instructions to elementary, middle, and high school parents to help their kids protest, even though the children are allegedly too young to understand what they are ‘protesting’.

Leaning Left:

Quartz: “I’m raising a good human”: Proud parents and teachers are cheering a nationwide school walkout
CNN: Why I want my child to participate in the national school walkout, even if she gets in trouble

 

The left focus on the ‘pride’ that teachers and parents have in the students who are exercising their rights and standing up for stricter gun laws. They criticize the online counter movement #WalkUpNotOut that says students should befriend loners and potential future school shooters instead of walking out. In addition, they criticize schools that have chosen to take disciplinary action against students who participate, since several schools threatened suspension.


Not all students

While media coverage was heavy on the students who walked out, it's important to note that not all students agreed with it. These students exercised their right to 'sit in' and deserve to be acknowledged as well. 

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