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.