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How National Walkout Day Played Out Nationally

On March 14th, many students from all over the United States were walking out of their classes to protest for stricter gun control.

The walkout was also organized for the purpose of remembering the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from a month ago.

In more conservative areas, such as Harrisonville, MO., not many people had walked out of their classes for the purpose of protesting.

Jacob Miller, a Sophomore at Harrisonville High School, had stated that he was out in the band field to protest peacefully.

“I believe that guns should be allowed, but only during hunting season,” Miller said.

“I want to feel safe and know that some teacher or student won’t come into the school and start shooting,” Miller added that he thinks this protest will “cause a lot of eyes and attention to gravitate towards it.”

When it came to Wilson Preparatory Academy in North Carolina, only one out of 700 students walked out, according to AJC.

In San Jose, California, Leonardo Aguilar, a second grader, was the only one to walk out of his school, and when he saw that he was the only one who walked out, he walked to a nearby school and joined the students who walked out at Lincoln High.

At some schools across the country, students were threatened by staff members if they walked out. In a New Jersey high school, Rosa Rodriguez was the only student of her school to walk out, as well. She was threatened with suspension, but she did so despite of the threat.

Bethany Smith, a Senior at Harrisonville High School, had explained that she walked out to “cut class”, like many other students did across all the schools who participated in it.

“I don’t think the protest will help. It’s just commemorating the people who died,” Smith said.

She feels bad that there are school shootings, but she doesn’t think that walking out of school to protest will change anything.

Many students took this event as an advantage to get out of class. Luckily, there were still a lot of schools that took this event seriously and legitimately protested.

Granada Hills Charter High School in Los Angeles, California, had a sufficient number of students walk out and spell out the word, “ENOUGH”, on their football field.

According to ABC 6, 3,000 schools nationwide had participated in the walkout in an attempt to make a change. Many students had made signs, shouted, and prayed to help put a stop to gun violence.

Some students were able to march to their state’s capitol to demand changes in current gun laws.

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, was inspired by the student-held event. He had tweeted out, “A new generation is rising, and they’re not afraid of the NRA.”

Overall, some students will consider the national walkout a success, since it had appealed to many lawmakers and representatives across the nation.