Photos: National Walkout Event 2018

  • Students have ignited a gun-control movement that is sweeping across the country.

    Students and staff in Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) joined others locally and nationally on March 14 to protest gun violence and support gun control legislation. This date marks the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

    The 17-minute demonstrations that varied at each school began at 10 a.m. – the time the Parkland shooting started – and were organized to honor those killed that day. The events were also intended to spur Congress to adopt “common-sense measures” to help prevent the gun violence that is plaguing schools and neighborhoods.

    SPPS and the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT) issued a statement last week supporting students and staff as they express their concerns about gun violence in the country. Both the District and the Union respect the students’ perspectives and encourage them to exercise their right to speak out on issues that are important to them.

    As public school educators, the members of SPFT believe schools should be safe for all students. Both SPPS and SPFT strongly encourage state and national lawmakers to take action to reduce the number of guns in public schools and communities.

    Here is a snapshot of events held at Saint Paul Public Schools:

Aerial Coverage from KARE 11