Port Washington School walk-out for Anti-gun violence

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We are the students, we are the victims, and we are demanding change. The way to ensure our safety as students and advocate for stricter gun policies is to get the attention of government officials. By conducting school walkouts, protests, and talking in online communities, we can make our voices heard throughout the country. On February 14th, 2018, a school shooting in Parkland, Florida took the lives of 17 innocent and bright kids and dedicated teachers and staff. The same thing could easily happen in our schools where we have started our lives, academic careers, and met our closest friends. The Columbine Massacre on April 20th, 1999 killed 13 students and staff members, but even these deaths were not enough to inspire change. several school shootings later, us students have taken matters into our own hands. "prayers and support" haven't taken guns out of dangerous hands, "prayers and support" will not give victims, families, and people around the country peace of mind, "prayers and support" will not reclaim the innocence of survivors. We are calling to the adults in power to protect the children who have to walk into school unsure if they and their friends will walk out alive.

here are some dates and times: 

  1. March 14th, 2018- At 10 a.m. in every time zone, organizers are encouraging teachers, students, administrators, parents and allies to walk out for 17 minutes — one for every person killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
  2. April 20th, 2018 - At 10 a.m. we propose a school walkout. Walk out of school, make signs, wear orange, and protest our rights for protection against gun violence and for more awareness and security in our schools.
  3. March 24th, 2018 -March for our lives is a planned demonstration taking place in Washington DC and throughout the United States. 
  4. We encourage all other peaceful methods of bringing awareness such as conducting fundraisers, starting petitions, or anything else that can get the word out effectively. 

here are some statistics according to everytownresearch.org 

  • Since 2013, there have been 300 school shootings in America, on an average of about one a week.
  • a recent analysis of school shootings found that those involving a homicide reduced student enrollment in the affected schools, and depressed students’ standardized test scores by nearly 5 percent.
  • Of shootings perpetrated by minors at primary and secondary schools and for which the source of the firearm was known, more than half of the kids obtained the gun at home — likely because an adult did not store it locked and unloaded.
  • In 2013, Everytown began tracking gunfire in schools and at college and universities — public reports that a firearm was discharged inside a school building or on school or campus grounds — and over the next three years identified 160 qualifying incidents, including fatal and nonfatal assaults, suicides, and unintentional shootings. In all, these incidents resulted in 59 deaths and 124 non-fatal gunshot injuries.

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