STUDENTS AT SAN MARCOS HIGH SCHOOL ORGANIZE DEMONSTRATION AS PART OF THE #ENOUGH NATIONAL SCHOOL WALKOUT FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
In response to our elected officials’ failure to address gun violence, student activists across the nation have come together to organize a National Student Walkout. We, the students of San Marcos High School have organized a local walkout in solidarity with this initiative
March 13, 2018 (SANTA BARBARA, CA) — March 14, 2018 marks one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 14 students and 3 staff members dead and many others wounded. Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes (in honor of the 17 lives taken in the tragedy in Parkland) at 10 am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.
The students at San Marcos High School, have decided that this moment is too crucial and this issue too urgent to stand idly by. On March 14th, San Marcos High School students will hold a 17 minute rally in the Quad on campus, where student speakers will hold a rally to commemorate the lives lost in Parkland, Florida. Immediately following, students will march down Hollister Avenue to State Street; ending at La Cumbre Plaza.
Addie Furrer, a Senior at San Marcos High School states “We are walking out for ALL people who have experienced gun violence, including forms of gun violence that disproportionately impacts people with mental illnesses, the queer community, and our Black and Brown communities. It is important that when we refer to gun violence, we do not overlook the impact of police brutality and militarized policing, or see police in schools as a solution. We raise our voices for action against all these forms of gun violence.”
Students are organizing the school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to protect students. Furrer states, “We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns. We need action. It is our elected officials’ jobs to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that will address the public health crisis of gun violence.”
Congress must pay attention and take note: many youth will vote this November and many others will cast their ballots in 2020.