Washington High School participates in national school walkout

In silence there is strength

Lericia Harris
March 14, 2018 - 9:23 pm

For 17 minutes, classrooms nationwide and locally emptied allowing students to participate in the national school walkout Wednesday.

The protest was an unprecedented show of unity, respect, and political solidarity meant to urge lawmakers to pass stricter gun control laws.

 The approach of the protest varied throughout the metro with several school districts not allowing students to participate and even threatening disciplinary action. Atlanta Public Schools, however, embraced the idea of allowing students to express their feelings. Students at Booker T. Washington High School found a creative yet safe way to do just that.

Instead of physically walking out the school, students took to the hallways and kneeled for 17 seconds to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

“It was a lot of controversy with walking out of the school. First and foremost, it’s really cold outside and then we wanted to make sure everyone was safe. It’s kind of an opposition going outside. It puts you more in the open and subject to anything happening. Therefore, we just said we’d stay in school, keep everyone organized, and safe,” says SGA student leader Mackenzie Hornsby.

Student Government Association leaders deserve the credit for orchestrating Wednesday’s silent protest – that according to Washington High principal Dr. Tasharah Wilson who approved the idea.

“We want to make sure that students know and understand that their voices matter... We also want all students to take away the notion – if you see something say something,” said Dr. Wilson. “Safety is everyone’s responsibility. So, we are challenging all of our Bulldogs to step up and together we will continue to make sure that our school is safe.”

Wednesday marked one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.