OHS joins schools across the country in protesting gun violence
By Taliah Long
On Wednesday, March 14, students at Oakland High School walked out to acknowledge the deaths of the students killed in the school shooting that occurred on Wednesday, February 14 at Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Fla. Students also walked out to support stricter gun laws.
Hundreds of students and teachers participated in the walkout by walking out of class at 10 a.m. with signs and chants. Most marched around the school then returned to classes. Some students chose to continue the walkout by marching downtown to City Hall to speak with Mayor Libby Schaaf.
“I decided to walk out because I was worried about my safety,” said junior Blessing Wilson, who walked out of History class to join the march downtown. “When I’m at school I should be able to get my education in peace.”
The walkout was part of a nationwide protest to honor the 17 victims that were killed in the Parkland school shooting and to support stricter gun control laws. Those that didn’t want to participate were sent to the theater. According to a reporter on the scene, the entire Lower Theater was filled with students who chose not to join the protest.
“I’m not participating in the walkout because I’m sick,” said junior Khirah McCoy, “but, I think the walkout will be effective because people will realize that even teens aren’t going to stand by let gun violent continue to happen.
Oakland High over all supported the walkout but some staff at the school had mixed feelings about it.
“The walkout could be effective because young people make the world go round but I think a lot of kids are just taking advantage,” said girls’ varsity basketball coach and head of school security Orlando Gray.
One teacher carried a sign that said “Don’t shoot my kids.”
This walkout was mainly for the victims in the Parkland school shooting but was also a response to overall gun violence in the U.S.
On March 24, there will be a rally at the Frank Ogawa Plaza to stand up against gun violence and mass shootings. People from all around the U.S will be supporting this March for our Lives rally.