I march so I can see a positive change in our future, a future where students aren’t afraid to go to school, wondering if they should duck and cover whenever they hear a noise coming from the hallway.
I march because, even though we will face consequences for the walkout on [Wed., March] 14th, we saw little to no response from the local and national leaders.
Today, I learned our school has little respect for us and our administrators made a choice to alienate themselves from the students they are supposed to serve and protect.
VOX ATL contributor and North Atlanta High School senior Roya Register participated in her school’s protest during National Walkout Day. She also spoke during the demonstration. She is sharing her speech exclusively with VOX ATL.
Teens from around metro Atlanta are sending their photos and videos to VOX to speak out about today’s National School Walkout. This video is just a small sample.
There are three marches and/or walkouts being organized on March 14, March 24, and April 20. They all have the same general aim of insisting immediate government action to pass a bill addressing the current gun issues in the nation, but have slightly different reasons for their existence and ways to participate in them.
There is no day but today. We need to stop cursing past gun restrictions that could have prevented this tragedy. We need to act today. We need to speak out against the sale of automatic rifles today. We need to make our schools safe again today.
The students are anticipating this protest because to them, it will raise awareness about gun violence in America. With over 15 percent of the school attending, they intend to come in big numbers with a bigger voice.
A government shutdown occurs when an agreement on federal funding can’t be reached in Congress. “Non-essential” federal programs temporarily close until an agreement can be reached.
We deserve higher education without the unfair price amplification created by worried conservatives hoping to dominate the future.