On Wednesday, March 14, Weber participated in The National School Walkout to honor the 17 students killed during the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14. The program was led by Weber students Aliza Abusch-Magder, Micah Cohn, Tali Cohn, Hannah Rosenberg and Cydney Wolchock. Students stood outside in silence for 17 minutes, one for each student or teacher killed, and took the time to pay their respects.
Cydney, a junior, says that she became involved in the planning of the program because her “cousins and friends go to Stoneman Douglas and it’s crazy to think that [she] could never see them again.” The goal of the walk out program was to remember the victims of the shooting. Ideas came from within the planning group and from around the school, but the event was ultimately limited to what could be done in 17 minutes.
The protests continued on March 24 with the March For Our Lives. This march started in Washington, D.C. but was brought to over 800 cities across the globe. According to the March For Our Lives website, the march was created in order “to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.” If you were unable to attend a march, protesters are welcome to sign the online petition pledging to take action to “protect and save [our] children.” Lyft, as a sign of solidarity, provided free rides to the march across the country.
Many Weber students, including Cydney, attended the march, along with thousands of other protesters in Atlanta.
Another national student walkout will be held on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. This walkout is being organized by students from across the country, including Lane Murdock, a student who lives near Sandy Hook Elementary School. Sandy Hook was the site of a 2012 shooting in which 20 students and six faculty members were killed. This walkout encourages students to take charge and walk out of school at 10 a.m. Students are being asked to remain out of class until the end of the school day. The protest is meant to take place on campus, where students are together in a familiar environment.
If you would like to get more involved, visit the March For Our Lives and National School Walkout websites for more information.