Students participate in walkout
Students participated in the National School Walkout to support school safety Wednesday, March 14.
Seniors Jeffrey Tran and Harmeena Sandhu organized the walkout to show solidarity with the school shooting in Parkland, Fl. They approached Principal Brandon Dade, who recommended that the students gather in the lunch stage area for the moment of silence.
“This walkout, for me, was not a political thing. Awareness needs to be brought to the issue, and Congress needs to know that the nation is standing strong together,” Sandhu said. “For me, [this] was about doing the victims justice and commemorating them. Although the protest did not start off in silence as it should have, it ended in silence for the victims.”
To raise the student body’s awareness of the walkout, participants spread information of the walkout through social media and posters at school. The walkout started at 10 a.m. and lasted 17 minutes to memorialize the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting.
“This is a problem that concerns students directly, and the student turnout is very impressive,” senior Brad Ling said. “As seniors, we’re going to be voting next year, and it’s really important for future citizens to be educated about these issues. Students have a voice, and we should use it appropriately.”
By Irene Zhou, Staff writer
Photo by Airi Gonzalez