Students from the Springfield High School shared a singular message on Wednesday, March 14: Stand United. Classmates gathered together on the track after participating in the National School Walkout, a 17-minute vigil to honor the 17 students and teachers that were fatally shot last month in Parkland, Florida.
The student-organized walkout was a somber one for the Cougars as the names of every victim innocently killed due to gun violence was read over the stadium sound system while students walked around the track. Handmade t-shirts bearing the names of victims swayed in the wind. At the completion of the reading, students huddled together for a moment of silence to honor those who have tragically lost their lives. Students wore orange ribbons, the color of the gun control movement, during the peaceful event.
The National School Walkout comes on the one-month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, which prompted calls for gun control nationwide. The calls originally came from the Parkland school survivors but inspired students across the nation to speak out for school safety. While the movement has created a separation between community members, students voiced their message by holding signs that read “United We Stand” and “Stand Together.”
Following the event, students returned to the high school and resumed classroom activities.