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Students across the country plan to walk out

Nick Guimond, Staff Writer

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After the most recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, students across the country are attempting to organize school walkouts on March 14 (one month after the Parkland shooting) and April 20 (the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting).

These walkouts are to protest gun violence in the United States of America. Students across the country feel enough is enough and that something must be done.

The proposed idea for the March 14 walkout is to have students walkout at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes to symbolize the 17 deaths that occured in the Parkland shooting.

BPHS is participating in a walkout of their own, but with a slightly different plan. Beginning at 9 a.m., students and staff will walk out and then proceed to the football stadium. Students are to sit with their homerooms. All 9th and 10th grade homerooms are to sit on the visitor’s side while 11th and 12 graders are to sit on the home side.

When prompted, homerooms will be invited to the field. Student leaders will organize the students into spelling out the hashtag “NEVERAGAIN.”

In addition, there are a few other activities planned that’ll commemorate the lives lost in these school shootings.

Students at BPHS did have the option to opt out if this was not a cause they supported. These students had to sign up in the office. They will report to the auditorium during the walkout.

The protest is aimed to summon action from Congress on gun control. Another nationwide student walkout is being planned for April 20, which will be the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shootings. This walkout is protest of the lack of Congressional action.

This also happens to be the fall back date for BPHS’s own walkout in the case that weather is inclement on March 14. As of now, there is no specified time for the April 20 walkout should it occur.

The petition for the plan is at almost 251,000 as of March 13. Some students across the country are even proposing walking out on April 20 and not coming back until Congress takes action.

These protests will allow students to be able to take matters into their own hands, believing “Enough is Enough.”

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  1. Luke Webb on March 13th, 2018 1:18 pm

    I do not like how this was handled at all. If you wanted to opt out you had to sign a form by Monday. But, they did not tell anybody it was due by Monday until Tuesday morning.

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