Schools across the nation on Wednesday allowed students to walk out in order to march for gun control in America.
Not everyone is onboard, though.
A school in New Jersey delivered a brutal wakeup call to students as educators threatened suspension for anyone who ditched class.
Only one student decided to participate.
From The Hill:
Just one student walked out of New Jersey’s Sayreville War Memorial High School to protest gun violence after the district threatened to suspend those participating in the nationwide walkout.
Sophomore Rosa Rodriquez walked out of the school Wednesday morning, while hundreds of others gathered in the school’s auditorium to mark the occasion, according to New Jersey’s 1010 WINS.
— glenn schuck (@glennschuck) March 14, 2018
Students nationwide participated in a walkout to mark one month since the Parkland, Fla., school shooting where 17 people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured.
Ben Shapiro at The Daily Wire has more on the nationwide walkout:
This walkout is all about posturing. It’s not about change any more than the Women’s March was about change. Attendees at the Women’s March had a bevy of clashing agendas, none of which materialized into a program for change; the only point of the Women’s March was to label those who didn’t support the march enemies of women. Now it’s the Children’s March, designed toward the same end.
Advocates for this new march say that there is an agenda: gun control. But that’s not the real heart of the march. Students feel compelled to walk out by peer pressure, lest they be labeled uncaring about their fellow students. I’ve received dozens of letters from students expressing exactly this concern, and wondering why only one side of the political agenda is being handed credibility by the media.
Here are some of those emails:
-From a high school junior today: “honestly it’s like the Women’s March. There is no single consolidated argument, just a loose collection of rants that obscure the main point).”
-From a 16-year-old high school girl: “I was planning on not participating in the walkout. I do not see the point in leaving class to simply walk outside, stand and talk with peers for 17 minutes, and return to class. The act of walking out of class to ‘protest school violence’ does not seem to have a target audience, even though they may have a news crew, it is doubtful that the students in Florida will see the actions of our school’s walkout as a stand with solidarity. I also support the 2nd Amendment and see this walkout as another opportunity for students and their parents to attack that amendment and my support of gun control…I do see that my refusal to participate may be seen as unsympathetic or cruel. My brother, who is a freshman, is being pressured in class to participate.”
-From a 17-year-old high school student: “tomorrow my school is having a walkout at 10:00 ‘for the 17 students who were killed in the Parkland, Fl shooting.’ The walkout, however, here at my school, is not really about that. It is being promoted by an anti-gun/leftist political agenda that I just don’t and can’t support, especially using the 17 kids that were MY AGE as a platform. I was wondering what you would say to people who want to call me ‘insensitive’ and ‘a terrible person.’”
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]