Maine Schools Protesting Gun Violence By Walking Out of School
A walkout from schools across the country is happening March 14th...because thoughts and prayers aren't enough.
Four Maine schools will participate in the 17 minute walkout at 10 am on March 14th...to honor the 17 lives taken on February 14th.
The hashtag #NationalSchoolWalkout is spreading online. The four schools in Maine that have organized local walkouts are Casco Bay High School, Thornton Academy, Brunswick High School, and Edward Little High School.
Casco Bay High School and Thornton Academy freshmen organized the walkouts.
According to News Center Maine:
'It's turning into a very sad reality for my generation', said Tasha Hipple, a freshman at Casco Bay High School. 'That's why I want to make a change.' She says her parents raised her to be politically aware and active. At 14, she can't vote, but she says she can make a difference with events like this walkout. 'I am extremely disappointed in adults,' she said. 'There are a lot of adults that aren't taking responsibility for what's going on and saying, 'Oh there isn't much I can do, so I'm just going to let it happen.' She believes it's up to her generation to make a difference.
The shooting in Florida was the 18th school shooting in 2018! But there is a feeling that this is the one that can change our laws, maybe even our culture. I am all for this protest and I am proud of the kids who are behind it. I support them 100% and I hope more Maine schools participate.