National School Walkout Against Gun Violence
Pembroke Pines Charter High School + Everglades High School
April 20th, 2018
Friday, April 20th was the National School Walkout against gun violence in the United States. Students across the nation walked out of class and marched on the streets to demand sensible gun laws.
We marched not only for the victims of gun violence in schools, but also for the people who fear walking around in their own neighborhood because of gun violence, for the children of Liberty City and Ocala, and for the hundreds of minorities who are killed unjustly by law enforcement every year.
Pembroke Pines Charter High School walked out of class at 9:00 AM and marched to the Charles F. Dodge Pembroke Pines City Hall with Everglades High School.
The walk was predicted to be 2.5 hours long. Even with that estimate, a considerable number of students showed up to march.
The long march to City Hall ended up totaling over 4 hours because of the large crowd. Despite this, students trooped on and did not complain.
While even days after the event our backs and feet remain sore, we hope that our small sacrifice will prove valuable come midterm elections in November.
We will fight until we can ensure that no student will ever have to walk along the corridors of their own school in fear of a gun aimed at them, knowing that the sight could very well be their last.
We will fight until we can ensure that no person will ever have to live in fear of gun violence.
This movement is student led. Students have made this possible, and they will continue to make this possible.
We have come a long way since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting on February 14th. In catalyzing a national conversation about gun control in our country, the movement has been successful in passing some gun control legislation on the state level.
But now is not the time to become complacent.
The only way to change the status quo is to get out and vote. Vote out officials who do not support common sense gun legislation. Vote out officials who take checks from the NRA. Vote out officials who value money over lives.
We must vote at all levels of government: local, state, and national.
That is our end goal, because the only way we can succeed, is to vote.
Our group might have been small, but we carried with us the might of the thousands of men and women demanding change.
In the words of Margaret Mead,
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”