Crowd of students protesting outside the White House on Wednesday morning (Photo: Bradley E. Williams)
Groups of local students are planning to walk out of class at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday as part of a national movement to honor those who died in school shootings.
Students from Dos Pueblos High, San Marcos High, and Santa Barbara High are expected to participate and meet at various locations for rallies.
One month ago, Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15-style rifle in Parkland, Florida. The surviving students and their allies have banded together forming a movement of activism and advocacy.
Wednesday’s national school walkout urges their peers across the country to join them in honoring those who have lost their lives in school shootings and to demand that Congress acts now on passing stricter gun control laws.
- Ban assault weapons
- Require universal background checks before gun sales
- Pass a gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior
On 3/14, students are walking out of class at 10am across time zones to demand Congress take action to stop gun violence. Show your solidarity with @WomensMarchY:
1. Wear orange.
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) March 13, 2018
The walkout is expected to last 17 minutes, one minute for each person who lost their life last month.
Many schools are threatening detention, suspensions, and other disciplinary actions to students who participate in this walk out. It’s unknown if Santa Barbara area high schools will punish students who walk out of class.
Edhat will update this article with more information about local students as soon as its available.
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Reports from edhat readers
I happened to see students at Monroe Elementary join the 10:00 walkout today holding signs of support for the students in Florida and against guns being in schools. Some cars honked as they went by.
Walkout at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara: