Support the Schools -Walk Out with the Students
I am so proud that the Baltimore City public school district, administrators, teachers and students supported today’s National Student Walkout. My own 7th grader asked me several times to attend the walkout. There was apprehension about missing classes, consequences, breaking the rules. I declared that there would be no consequences at home for participating in a school walkout fighting this injustice. Our school strongly embraced the need to support the students and fight to end the gun violence epidemic in our schools and made it very comfortable for students and teachers choosing not to participate in the walkout.
At this time, it is not a matter of IF another school shooting will happen again, it is a matter of WHERE it will happen again, and students are demanding action from legislators. The students are rising up. They will beat the National Rifle Association, who owns our Congress. I support the Second Amendment, I am against assault weapons. I am sick of being sick of school shootings. I strongly supported today’s National Student Walkout. During the walkout, I did not hear any political commentary surrounding the school shootings. I learned about the 17 people killed one month ago today. I cried for them. This violence can happen anywhere. We have lost over 7000 children since Columbine. It is #enough.
When your kid asks you to be present, and you can, be present. I am so glad I attended the National Student Walkout, with my kids and their classmates and teachers.
At 10AM, the slated time for the National Student Walkout, the front doors to our school were held open by our Principal. I saw my oldest son and some of his baseball teammates walkout in solidarity. I cried.
One of my daughters found me and she hugged me. Some other parents were on school grounds also offering their support. Parents and teachers huddled together commenting how horrible it is that we need to do this and how proud we are of the kids. The kids will make change. My own children, and their generation, are growing up with gun violence as a “normal” occurrence, this is wrong and inhumane. I am so proud that all four of my kids and their friends stood up for those who have been killed, and recognize that there needs to be change. They are taking action.
Student Leaders Are Leading and Inspiring
Our student government association leaders read a tribute for each person who perished in the Parkland school shooting one month ago today and there was a moment of silence for each person. This student run program was meaningful and important.
The 17 minute walkout ended with a student encouraging her schoolmates to March on Washington or in our own City on March 24th. I am so proud of our children for being leaders of change.
May the children and adults who have perished in school shootings not have died in vain. May their memories be a blessing and let the children continue to lead the way, because the adults have failed. This is more than #enough. I stand with the students. I walkout with the students. I march with the students. I support the students. The students are leading the way. I will follow their direction. We have had #enough.
My experience ended with my daughter embracing me in the school yard. Her sign “I am missing school because they’re missing lives” was between us. When you are in middle school, hugging and kissing your mom in the school yard because of gun violence, it there are a lot of feelings. #enough