National Student Walk Out

Students Walkout across America to protest gun violence and demand change!

Schools across Jersey City participated in powerful demonstrations against gun violence while honoring the 17 students killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland FL. On March 14, thousands upon thousands of students across the nation stood up, walked out and forced their political leaders to take notice. Though most are unable to vote, they showed the power that collective action can have.
Above: Students at Ferris High School show their support of, and connection to, the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, FL. who called for action after 17 students there were gunned down in the middle of their school. (Photo by Caitlin Mota, NJ.com)
Students at all of Jersey City’s High Schools joined millions of young people across the nation in the National School Walkout on March 14 to protest Congress’ refusal to take action on the gun violence epidemic plaguing our schools, neighborhoods and nation. Students walked out of their schools at 9:45 and observed 17 minutes of thoughtful activities to honor the 17 victims of the recent mass shooting and to advocate for an end to gun violence.
 
Students at each school worked with administrators and teachers to plan events for their community. Students at Dickinson locked arms with classmates and teachers to surround the building while student organizers read the names of the 17 victims of the Parkland shootings. Students at Ferris also locked arms around their campus and released 17 balloons to honor the fallen. Students at Liberty lied down as the names of those killed were read and then spoke out against gun violence. At Snyder, students held up pictures of the victims and released balloons after a moment of silence. Students at Innovation read short bios of each victim and observed a moment of silence as a flower for each victim was placed in a vase. Other scSeveral schools will hold their events inside if the weather is too bad to go outside.
 
In addition to the Walkout events, schools planned activities around the event that allowed students to reflect on the walkout and to further discuss the issue of gun violence and gun control. “We are proud that our students are speaking out to make our communities safer and will work with them to support their peaceful expression of commitment to an important cause. Our goal is to help our students become effective, thoughtful citizens, and the events students planned show that they are becoming leaders and stewards of our community,” said Dr. Marcia V. Lyles, Superintendent of the Jerey City Public Schools.
Students at Dickinson HS walkout and surround their school  
Students at Ferris HS hold signs demanding better gun control.
Ferris students released 17 white balloons, one for each victim in the Parkland, FL shooting
Students at Infinity carried signs with each victim's picture and bio. Middle school students formed a heart around the 17 signs.