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:
I supported our Highland Scots as they walked out to take a stand against gun violence. Two of the leaders Neesha and Archer made sure the 17 killed in Parkland, FL were remembered & that students are heard. @highlandsr_spps pic.twitter.com/cAhm4XvJ87— Theresa Battle (@DrTBattle) March 14, 2018
District staff participated in honoring the 17 lost by standing in solidarity with SPPS students. Our students give us hope for the future. #Enough! #NationalWalkoutDay #iamSPPS #WalkoutWednesday @MsMcCammon @SPPS_News pic.twitter.com/1T8TEBak2r— SPPS Counselors (@SppsCounselors) March 14, 2018
Our march was strong, coordinated, and powerful. Thanks for the traffic honks and all the folks who supported our message and organizing this event. #NotOneMore #gogovies #EnoughIsEnough #EndGunViolence pic.twitter.com/uGQaPErHIS— Govie Leaders (@govieleaders) March 14, 2018
CASS students exercising their civil rights by participating in the student-led walkout honoring the 17 victims in Florida. #StudentWalkout #wearecreative @sppscass @SPPS_News @JoeGothard @DrTBattle pic.twitter.com/qyaiKt6PUO— Creative Arts School (@sppscass) March 14, 2018
Today Open World students walked in solidarity with thousands of students around the country to honor victims of gun violence. 17 silent minutes to stand up for the 17 victims from Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. #neveragain #nationalschoolwalkout #wearecrew pic.twitter.com/SBRXq0Uohc— Open World Learning (@StPaulOpen) March 15, 2018
Harding HS estimates 1,100 students joined today’s #NationalSchoolWalkout. And #StPaul Mayor Melvin Carter tells @kare11 - “I want to keep working with them. I want them to keep speaking up. We’re going to invite them to city hall and really have this conversation together.” pic.twitter.com/9K1joM76Zd— Karla Hult (@karlahult) March 14, 2018