WASHINGTON ― As a part of Wednesday’s nationwide walkout in opposition to gun violence, tons of of scholars from Washington-area faculties gathered on the White Home earlier than marching to the U.S. Capitol, in a bid to take their gun reform message on to lawmakers.
At 10 a.m., they sat for a 17-minute second of silence in honor of the victims of final month’s bloodbath at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty, with some college students holding posters with the names of the useless.
President Donald Trump wasn’t there to see their protest as he was finishing a visit to California.
College students advised HuffPost that that they had gathered early Wednesday morning at their faculties in close by suburbs after which took the Metro into the town.
Billy Scott, a pupil at Montgomery Blair Excessive Faculty in Silver Spring, Maryland, stated that like many different faculties, his held a second of silence on Wednesday. However he thought that taking part in a protest on the White Home can be an even bigger present of help for gun violence victims.
“Coming to D.C., coming to the White Home, is an entire different factor to get our level throughout,” he stated. “Energy in numbers, proper?”
Vasiliki Frantzis, from Winston Churchill Excessive Faculty in Potomac, Maryland, stated that she remembered the Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty capturing in 2012, which she stated made her take into consideration why individuals “would attempt to deliver a gun into college.”
Rohan Kurup, from Northwood Excessive Faculty in Montgomery County, Maryland, stated that he usually has not taken half in pupil protests, however was impressed this time.
“Possibly I ought to,” he stated. “I don’t wish to get shot in school.”
A lot of the college students who spoke to HuffPost stated that college directors and lecturers appeared sympathetic towards college students’ participation in Wednesday’s walkout, though they couldn’t publicly specific that help. Actually, many colleges nationwide have stated they’ll penalize college students with unexcused absences.
Callie Newburgh and Chloe Appel, from Magruder Excessive Faculty in Rockville, Maryland, stated some directors have been fearful that “pro-gun individuals would put us in hurt’s method.”
Appel estimated that about half of her college’s college students have been energetic within the protests, some on the White Home and others at a lunchtime second of silence at their college.
“The opposite half thinks it’s ineffective as a result of we’re minors,” Appel stated. “There are such a lot of minors being affected by this. We will actually make a distinction, even when we’re not 18.”
Some college students held indicators noting that they’d quickly be sufficiently old to vote, and their many chants included “Rock the vote.”
“We’re the following era,” Scott stated.