August 15, 2022

Atlanta students were just banned from walking out but they still found a brilliant way to protest

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Something is different this time. For far too long it felt like the United States had resigned itself to accepting a reality in which indiscriminate mass shootings were simply a part of our near-daily life.


The cycle had become all-too-familiar: a shooting occurred, public outcry for strong gun reform seized the news cycle, and then everyone moved on before Congress could be pressured into actually taking action. That no longer seems to be the paradigm.

After 17 people were murdered in cold blood by a shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida the surviving students decided that something finally had to be done. The brave students have become outspoken activists for sensible gun law reform and are spearheading a powerful movement to convince Republicans in government to finally shed their NRA shackles and team up with Democrats to save lives.

Today, on the one month anniversary of the Parkland shooting a nationwide school walkout was organized in which students left their classrooms and took to the streets in a sign of solidarity with the Stoneman Douglas students. Unfortunately, some school administrations were less than amenable to their students’ very reasonable desire to protest in defense of their own and each others’ lives.

Officials at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia threatened their students with “severe punishment” if they participated in the walkout. However, they did allow them to engage in “ordered protest,” which took the form of the students taking a collective knee in silent reflection The Hill reports. Some one hundred students are said to have participated.

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Moments like this are encouraging because they show that the upcoming generations might be able to solve the problems that have eluded America for years and years. If they maintain their courage and conviction, real change might be possible.

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Jamiles Lartey of The Guardian reported on the event and shared photos on Twitter.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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