What You Need to Know: ENOUGH National School Walkout
Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
While students across the country are taking a stand against school violence by walking out of class Wednesday, some are trying to shed a positive light, and rather focus on the students who could be considered outcasts to prevent violence before it happens.
Kelly Guest of Hamstead, Maryland, wrote on social media two weeks after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, “Instead of walking out of school on March 14, encourage students to walk up -- walk up to the kid who sits alone at lunch and invite him to sit with your group...”
Her post had nearly 70,000 shares on Facebook alone and started the hashtag #walkupnotout.
Guest told the Carroll County Times that her idea of the walk up came after a CNN program in which the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spoke to lawmakers, law enforcement and an NRA spokesperson.
She said that while the students were passionate about their stand against guns and violence, the discussion broke down because of disrespect, that students need to be heard, but also adult leaders should also have their viewpoints considered.
“Not saying that political officials always have wisdom ... but it has to be a two-way dialog,” Guest told the paper.
She also said that she believes that some of today’s planned walkouts have lost the focus of their original intent of remembering the victims of the Parkland shooting and taking a stand against violence.
Protesters are calling for Congress to ban assault weapons, create universal background checks before gun sales and allow courts to remove guns from the possession of people who show warning signs of violent behavior, CNN reported.