Gun Violence Protest: Students Demand Action In Gun Violence Epidemic

As of 12:00 p.m. EST today, thousands of students from across the country left their classrooms to protest gun violence in schools, following Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 children and two adults.

More than 200 events were planned across the country for May 26, according to a representative from Students Demand Action, which was organized by Students Demand Action, a national organization against gun violence, although the representative said it may not be enough, since the students are still walking the classroom that afternoon. A series of protests are also planned for this weekend, as well as strikes planned for June 3, the National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

“Prior to yesterday’s shooting, there were at least 77 incidents of shooting on school grounds, resulting in 14 deaths and 45 injuries nationwide. Six of those incidents occurred in Texas,” the group wrote on its website. “We will not accept a country where gunshots can be heard at any time, whether it’s grocery shopping at a convenience store in Buffalo, New York, a party in San Bernardino, or graduation ceremonies across the country.”

At El Camino Charter High School in Woodland Hills, California, between 400 and 500 students and staff left their school at 9:00 a.m. PST to stage a walkout chanting “enough is enough” and “hey hey, ho ho” chanting ‘Gun violence must go’ before landing in front of the school for about 50 minutes, says Steven Bash, an El Camino graduate student who currently works there as an information technology specialist.

“We need change,” says Natalie Winter, senior at El Camino and president of the school chapter of Students Demand Action. Winter says she has younger siblings who are “terrified” of going to school after the Uvalde shooting.

“After every single tragedy or tragic incident, it’s like, ‘We send our prayers.’ I’ve seen a number of tweets from lawmakers like Kamala Harris. These people can actually make a difference, but they don’t do anything,” she says. “We wanted to share that enough is enough.”

Like many high school students, Winter says she grew up with the specter of active shooter practice. “We were in class and they were shaking the doorknobs. They told us to stay away from windows, hide under desks, protect ourselves and keep quiet,” she says. “It’s crazy living in a society where we have to do things like that.”

At Oregon’s Lake Ridge High School, senior Flynn Williams was one of about 200 children to graduate. Williams says the administration there supported them and gave them the time and space to hold their protest. “We wanted to tell lawmakers in Oregon and across the country that gun violence is an issue that needs to be addressed now,” they say. She and other Lake Ridge students also plan to attend the Wear Orange event beginning June 3 to commemorate the lives lost to gun violence.

The strikes commemorate actions similar to the March for Our Lives rally that followed the Parkland shooting that killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Fla.

In the wake of the uproar over the Uvalde shooting, many experts have blamed numerous factors for the tragedy, from mental illness to video game violence and social media. Many have also suggested increasing safety measures for schools, such as B. more armed security forces or even the arming of teachers. Armed police were unable to prevent the Uvalde gunman from entering the school and reportedly ignored pleas from bystanders, including parents whose children were brutally killed in the attack.

The idea of ​​arming teachers in response to the school shooting is ludicrous, says Amy Carter, English and journalism teacher and advisor to the El Camino chapter, Students Demand Action. “More security, more police officers – that doesn’t help,” she says. “It creates more violence. I would 100 percent quit if that ever happened. It won’t make anyone safer.”

Meanwhile, lawmakers are blocking those demanding answers on passing tougher gun control measures, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dismissing a reporter as a “propagandist” with a “political agenda” after they brought up gun control reform on Wednesday.

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/uvalde-school-shooting-student-walkouts-1358974/ Gun Violence Protest: Students Demand Action In Gun Violence Epidemic

Sarah Ridley

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