Support Our Students' Right to Protest via National School Walkouts
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In the wake of yet another mass shooting incident, our nation's students have banned together to demand that enough is enough. This group will no longer stand to watch their peers run from their classrooms in fear; they refuse to accept that this culture of violence and death is the status quo. This generation is brave, articulate, and intelligent enough to know that they can create forward progress, they can be the change.
In solidarity with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community, two national, student-led walkouts have been planned with the hope that peaceful disruption can underline students' seriousness and desire for reform:
March 14, 2018: At 10 a.m. in every time zone, students, teachers, administrators and allies are encouraged to walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes in remembrance of the Parkland, FL victims.
April 20, 2018: A grassroots movement deemed the "National High School Walkout" scheduled to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. Entirely student-led, this movement continues to grow via social media and through a change.org petition. Students plan to walk out of their schools at an as-yet unspecified time.
By signing this petition, we ask the school board members, superintendents, and educational leaders in western Pennsylvania to support our students' right to peacefully protest. What better way to teach our country's future leaders to stand up for what they believe and to articulate their opinions in non-violent ways? We ask that schools use this as a teachable moment: Informed citizens, persevering in the name of forward progress, are what make this nation great. These students are taking initiative to create a brighter future, and we would be foolish to stifle their momentum.
Petitioners: Please include the school district with which you are affiliated in the signature comments.
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