National Walkout Day- Schools Respond To Student Activism

Students across the country are planning on walking out of school today at 10 am to protest gun control laws, and in memory of the 17 who were killed in the Parkland, FL shooting last month. Student activism is becoming more widespread throughout the country, and many adults feel they "shouldn't be concerned about" many hot-button issues, or feel that they're "too immature to understand what's going on". However, thanks to the rapid pace of information across social media, kids and teens are educating themselves on a broader level. Even memes are encouraging them to pay more attention to current events:

 

In addition, some schools are also reportedly closing due to "weather" or "staff days- maybe they don't want to assume liability for any backlash, or don't want any association with a national movement? Meanwhile, other districts are working with students to hold assemblies and activities to prevent students from leaving campus. This conversation extends beyond the classroom, though- parents are divided as to whether or not they support their children participating in protests or exercising their freedom of speech. It's certainly a difficult topic of discussion, especially in an era where rights are being challenged left and right- but just like other historic moments in history, today's walkouts and events may provide the next generation a chance to make an impact in their country.

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