Students Prepare for National School Walkout

Heads up; Get involved!

Tess Rine, Contributor

Maggie Rose Bontempo leads a letter-writing workshop for students in preparation for the National Student Walkout on Wednesday.

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school students all across gun-lovin’ America navigate how to constructively deal with yet another trama.

The Stoneman Douglas High School students are not allowing themselves to become another school on the long list of mass shooting tragedies. These students do not want thoughts and prayers, they want legal change. And SEM stands with those students.

Stoneman Douglas High School students during CNN town hall meeting on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Photo from the Eagle Eye, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School paper.

Katie Gibbons’18 and Maggie Rose Bontempo ’18 took on leadership roles this week at SEM. With the help of Mrs. Durland who is the director of equity and expansion at SEM, they have organized three different forms of protest for SEM students over three days.

Letters to members of Congress will be written in the Colby Room on Monday, March 12 throughout lunch. SEM students with a passion for the issue are encouraged to write letters. The artistic can make posters in the Colby Room throughout lunch on Tuesday, March 13.

On March 14, the National School Walkout is set to occur at 10 AM for 17 minutes. March 14 for the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting, and 17 minutes is for the 17 people killed in this horrific tragedy.

SEM students are encouraged to participate in political activism and no punishment will be inflicted upon students who choose to walk out.

A permission slip is necessary for SEM students to participate. They can be found in the front office. Maggie Rose said “I thought a permission slip kind of defeated the purpose of a walkout,” but she continued, “but parents expect their kids to be in the school building so SEM needs permission to let them out of the school.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” SEM students should feel ready and able to take part in this movement.

An update after the protest will be available soon.