On Wednesday, March 14, 2018 , students at Oshkosh North and West High Schools, as well as Lourdes High School, plan to walk out of their classes for 17 minutes to remember the 17 students who lost their lives in the recent shooting incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The walk out is also part of a nationwide effort led by students to protest existing fire-arm laws and the lack of attention given to this issue by Congress.
Students are demanding that Congress pass legislation to allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes of gun violence and ways to prevent it, and that Congress pass legislation to expand mandatory background checks to every firearm purchase.
Students at Oshkosh North High School will leave class at 9:55am tomorrow morning, exit the building from door #1 at 9:58am, and cross Smith Avenue. Then, linking arms on the sidewalk, students will observe 17 minutes of silence: one minute for each life lost in the Parkland shooting.
A newly formed gun violence prevention group at Oshkosh North, which consists of 10 students from a variety of grade levels, is organizing this walkout.
The group also has plans to organize a week of action in late April, which will include a voter registration drive and a letter-writing campaign to Senator Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh). Organizers cite campaign contributions received by the Senator from the gun lobby as a significant concern.
Post adapted from submitted notice.
Photo: Minneapolis, MN 2/21/18. Around 200 students from South High School went to Minneapolis City Hall to protest recent gun violence and call for gun law reform such as restricting the sale of assault rifles.Wikimedia Commons, by Fibonacci Blue from Minnesota, USA – “High school students protest against lack of action on school shootings, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66715812.”