It has been almost one month since the most recent school shooting took place in the United States where 19-year-old Nikolas Cruze killed 17 people with an AR-15 style gun. In the weeks and days following that shooting many survivors from that shooting and others have stepped up to demand better gun control in the United States. Part of that plan is a national school walkout that will take place March 14.
The nationwide walkout is set to be both a memorial for all of those who have died in school shootings in the United States over the past few years, as well as a protest and call to action for new laws to be made which make it harder for a civilian to purchase a military-style weapon. Both students and teachers from schools and colleges are set to take part in the walkout. Participants want the United States Congress to require universal background checks on all gun sales, ban assault-style weapons and add-ons that turn a regular weapon into an assault-type firearm as well as passing a law that would allow a court to take away someone’s gun if they show signs of violent behavior.
EMPOWER, the group helping to organize the walk-out has said that more than two thousand schools are planning on participating, and even though they directed the walkout to American teachers, students and staff, they have been getting word from schools in other countries that they will also be participating as a sign of solidarity.
There has been a mixed reaction from schools who have large amounts of students who will be participating in the walkout. Some are being very supportive and guaranteeing that no student who walks out will get in trouble, and will be providing security to ensure that the protest is safe and organized. Other schools have forbidden participation and threaten students with reprimands if they participate.
The walkout will take place at 10 am and last for 17 minutes, to honor the 17 people who lost their life at Stoneman Douglas High School.
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.