To mark the one-month anniversary of the deadly February 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, York Prep School joined the national school walkout. The student-organized nationwide plan to walk out of school for 17 minutes demands state and local representatives address gun violence. According to 10th – 12th Grade Dean Ms. Heather Marshall, “participating in such a demonstration is about participating in the democratic process.”
“While York Prep School is a very safe school,” she mentioned to faculty, “some students are not as fortunate as York Prep. We want to stand with those communities on this day to exclaim ‘Safe Schools for Everyone!’” Indeed, when the clock struck 10:00 am on Wednesday, students were already assembled outside where an organizer with a bullhorn signaled the observance to begin. The plan agreed upon by Ms. Marshall and York Prep students was to read the name of a student from Parkland each minute. After someone announced“times up” over the bull horn, students filed into the gym for a short “teach in”.
Once seated in the gymnasium, everyone watch a special WYRK video addressing the issues. Select students then had the opportunity speak about why they participated in the march and highlight the stories of the victims. If you too would like to protest gun violence, you may have another chance next month. The may be another nationwide school walkout Friday, April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. Another recommended way to get involved is to contact your representatives directly.