Amity High School students were met with an unexpected gathering outside the school grounds when they arrived this morning (Wednesday, March 14, 2018).
On a day when they were planning to participate in the National Walkout Day to show solidarity for the 17 killed in the Valentine’s Day attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The students received support from their teachers, who lined the walking path along the main driveway at Amity holding signs with messages, such as “Our Students Deserve Safe Schools,” and “I Am Proud Of My Students.”
About 30% of the Amity student body left their classrooms at 10 a.m. and gathered on the baseball fields to reflect on the lives lost, share ideas on how to stop the madness and hope that they are never put in the same situation.
One teacher said the students returned to the classrooms around 10:30 “respectfully and with grace.”
The handwritten signs included the hashtag ENOUGH, which has become the universal outcry for gun control after so many senseless school shootings — Columbine, 15 killed in 1999; Red Lake, 7 killed at senior high school (3 others in another location) in 2005; Virginia Tech, 33 killed, 2007; Sandy Hook Elementary – perhaps the most heinous, 28 murdered in 2012; Marysville Pilchuck High School Washington, 5 killed, 2014; Umpqua Community College, Oregon, 10 killed, 2015; and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 17 killed, 2018.
The RANT is now a separate posting (as it took away from this story)