Story by Michelle Lane,
On February 14, 2018 at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was the eighth school shooting in America in 2018. There have been at least 239 school shootings nationwide. In those episodes, 438 people were shot, 138 of whom were killed since the shooting at Sandy Hook. As of Sunday night, there have been at least 12 reports of other incidents involving a threat to a school or a weapon on a school campus. Students across America take action with nothing being done and people sending empty thoughts and prayers
In the wake of this, organizations and teens across the state have begun to stage protests in the coming months until something is done about gun violence and control . (light gray is sidebar)
- Women’s March organizers are encouraging students, teachers and their allies to walk out of schools on March 14 to protest gun violence.
- Students who survived the shooting in Florida are also planning to protest in Washington, D.C. on March 24 at an event organized by March For Our Lives.
- Another national walkout is slated for April 20, the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine shooting in Colorado.
“On Friday, April 20th we want students to attend school and then promptly WALK-OUT at 10:00 am. Sit outside your schools and peacefully protest. Make some noise. Voice your thoughts. “We are students, we are victims, we are change.”
— National School Walkout (@schoolwalkoutUS) February 17, 2018
In South Carolina, teachers, aren’t allowed to protest or resist because they are by contract not allowed,but for students it’s a little different. In District 5, walking out of class without a teacher’s permission is considered a Category 3 offense. The punishments for a Category 3 offense include detention (for a first offense) up to recommendation for expulsion (for a 5th offense). Make sure you talk to your teachers and/or administrator before you decide to participate in one of the upcoming student walkouts. “I think that when children are demanding something to be done that politicians need to sit up and listen,” English teacher Allison Norwood stated.
Schools are a place where children go to learn, socialize and grow as individuals, but with the school shootings students and parents are wary to step foot in an unsafe environment. The big question on everyone’s mind is what needs to be done and what’s going to be done. Is this a gun control problem, mental health problem, school safety or is it something with society?
Studies show that after a shooting like in Florida and Vegas there is a spike in threats and gun purchases. At Dutch Fork High we had one Tuesday February 20th, almost one week after the Florida shooting and 20 incidences since then.
- Spartanburg, South Carolina
- Arlington, Texas
- Plano, Texas
- Sugar Hill, Georgia
- Weatherford, Texas
- Daytona Beach, Florida
- Towson, Maryland
- Oklahoma City
- West Palm Beach, Florida
- Gilchrist County, Florida
- Fair Haven, Vermont
- Nutley, New Jersey
- Flower Mound, Texas
- Abbeville, South Carolina
- Nicholasville, Kentucky
- Norfolk, Virginia
- Bullitt County, Kentucky
- Lexington County, Kentucky
- Collier County, Florida
From the view of schools, they should increase the communication with their students to better allow the students and teachers to know when there’s a reason for them to be wary also have need to have drills consistently they happen in 2nd block right after announcements. According to the CDC, lunch violence, transitions before and after school have a higher rate of this occurring especially with the idea to have two lunches in the next year making it easy for students to be hurt with 600 students in one confined space. In school, we have windows that don’t lock from the outside making it easy for students or strangers to easily come into the school and harm students, teachers and staff.
From the view of the government, this is taken many different routes. Students have gave answers from NRA to the Second Amendment itself. Government Teacher Laurie Humphrey feels that we not only need to increase the age of which you can purchase a gun from 18 to 21 but to also have a legal state issued license, and have a class on how and when to use a firearm.
Others have said to not allow the purchase of something that’s faster than what a cop/officer has on his person. We also have people bring up the fact that it’s a mental health issues. What is done is up in the air of ideas but we all as americans , as teens, adults etc. that something must be done to stop the constituent deaths of teens and kids. If Sandy Hook or Columbine wasn’t enough then what is and what needs to happen to make our government realize that there’s a problem a huge problem that needs to be addressed .