Commentary, Park Forest

National Student Walkout Against Gun Violence to Take Place on Friday, April 20

March 20 Student Walkout
(Source: Photo by Mark Graves/Oregonian Staff)
By: Rosemary Piser

On April 20th, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, American students will walk out of class and protest. This National Student Walkout is taking place due to continued failure of our leaders to pass laws that protect us from gun violence.

Mass shootings happen far too frequently in America, and we as a nation have become numb to seeing the news. After each one, the same cycle takes place: the media spend less than a week on the story, politicians offer their “thoughts and prayers,” and nothing ever changes. But after the horrific massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, young Americans are taking matters into their own hands.

Together, we will send a message that we won’t tolerate any more inaction on this issue. And if cowardly politicians fail to act, young people will show them the consequences of letting so many Americans die by voting them out in November.

You can find a march near you here.

Can’t find a walkout near you? Create your own here.