By Riane Lumer
United. Empowered. Determined. We stood. 17 minutes of silence was the least we could, as we memorialized the victims of Parkland Florida and protested against gun violence.
Organized completely by students for students. In hope for change and the betterment of our futures. For the betterment of society, and for the betterment of safety in the United States.
Following the tragedy on Valentine’s day, frustration filled students as they wanted some way to show their desire for change and felt unsafe. Many went to the principal's office, others talked amongst each other.
The date March 14, 2018, was the set date for the national walk-out in commemoration of students as well as the political advocating against guns. In particular, my school, Lower Moreland High School chose to honor the victims as well as protest gun violence, a much broader protest than desiring a ban on guns, greater background checks, specifics as such.
However, the generalized term of the protest, “gun violence” did not mean people did not have stronger stances or even more lenient views. The initial purpose of the walk-out for my school was to focus more predominantly on memorializing those who were victimized by the unnecessary calamity. Therefore, the term was essential in order to bring more of an audience to participate.
Begin at 10 AM, wear orange in respect of the students, walk outside the school along the designated path, listen to the names called by those who organized the march, and stand for 17 minutes in complete silence. One minute per victim.
Sounds very minimalistic to honor those killed for only one meager minute each, however, the commemoration of each student could not be quantified and the 17 minutes seemed right for the school to participate in as over that amount could lead to impolite chatter.
There we stood. 17 minutes silent. Silent besides the names called in the beginning, the whimpers, the sniffles, the tears.
People held posters high and strong, orange shirts worn with great dignity, we walked out. And we would do it all over again. We ARE the future generation, if there are gonna be changes made our voices must be heard. Because we are leading an uproar and will not be ignored. We the adolescence will make a difference.
Submitted by our members as well as teens across the world.