Students hold nationwide school walkout to push for tighter gun control

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, students across the DMV ditched class and headed straight for the capitol in a nationwide push for tighter gun control after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day; the latest in a long list of deadly mass shootings.

Student leaders from Montgomery Blair high school stood amongst lawmakers to deliver their rallying cry for action and to stop another Parkland from happening.

“We are not seeking a republican solution or a democratic solution. We are seeking an American resolution.”, said one student speaker.

Another encouraged her fellow students to take action, imploring them, “If you can speak, speak! If you can march, march! And when you can vote, vote!”

And on the ground, students explain their fears surrounding the possibility of arming teachers.

“We go to school to learn and we could lose are lives because they’re giving teachers guns to protect themselves. We go to school to learn, we don’t want to worry about having to do something in class correctly so that we don’t get shot.”, said one student marching alongside her peers.

Also in attendance were Senators Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
In an open letter to the president which ran Wednesday in the Baltimore Sun, the head of St. Andrews Episcopal School, where President Trump’s son attends, along with the heads of 133 other schools in the greater Washington area called on leaders to “enact vigorous measures to reduce gun violence” and strengthen mental health services.
Back at the Capitol, St. Andrews student, Steph Lucas proudly held up her sign which listed with the names of lawmakers who she says have taken money from the NRA.

“These people have put money and their own greed over the lives of Americans.”, she said.

Younger students also joined the movement.
A rally was held at the Inspired Teaching School in Northeast, DC, full of 8th graders before they headed to the Capitol.

The Head of School, Deborah Dantzler Williams said, “The teachable moment here is that always and everywhere, students should feel confident expressing themselves and being heard. And that’s probably the most important thing today and I’m proudest of the fact that our voices were heard.”

Requests for comment in response to Wednesday’s demonstration from the NRA have not yet been answered.

Next week, an even bigger demonstration is set to go on at the Capitol with the March for Our Lives on Saturday.