A call to action to the student-led movement to end gun violence 
from Lane Murdock

On Friday, April 20th, hundreds of thousands of American students took a stand to declare enough is enough. Adults have failed us, and we’re taking things into our own hands. The walkouts this Friday aren’t the end, they are just beginning.

Some people are saying that this is a just a moment. A blip in history. To them, we say this is a movement. And students are the new center of gravity in the fight to end gun violence.

This Saturday, May 19th, we want you and everyone who attended your walkouts to join us as our movement takes its next steps: to envision a future free from gun violence so that we can start to craft a platform and an agenda together.  

We want every school to host a meeting where you’ll discuss the impact gun violence is having in your community, and create a list of what you want the student-led movement to tackle. We want you to play a central role in creating the strategy with us.



Our Mission

National School Walkout is a movement powered and led by students across the country. We’re protesting congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence. America is the only country in the world where so many people are killed by guns, and yet our leaders do nothing about it. In many states it’s more difficult to register to vote than it is to buy a rifle. Apparently to some politicians, a vote is scarier than a gun.

We’re changing that.

On Friday, April 20th, students will walk out of their classrooms at 10 am. There are over 2600 walkouts planned, at least one in every state. We are walking out for those who lost their lives to gun violence, to talk about the real problems our country is facing, and to find solutions the problems that our leaders have failed to address.

The National School Walkout is the launch of a forward looking youth movement that has a strategy, a plan for action, and isn’t going away.

We have a three-part goal:

  • Hold elected officials accountable

  • Promote solutions to gun violence

  • Demystify and engage students in the political system


Take Action

We encourage you to talk to a classmate you have never talked to before about this protest. Ask them if they would like to join you. This is the time to unite. There is power in our community. It is up to us to make the change. Join Us→



When is the protest?

April 20th (the anniversary of the Columbine massacre) at 10:00 a.m., your local time zone. It will end at the end of your school day.

Are there other dates?

While other organizations have planned protests and/or marches for other dates, the National Student Walkout is scheduled for April 20th. This issue needs constant attention if we hope to change anything, so multiple events on multiple days is a productive way to help fight for our cause, a safer country.

What about safety?

Safety is a priority, that is why we encourage schools to do what they know is best for their community. Regionally, every school will be different. The plan is for students to walk out at 10 a.m. and go to an outside space on campus. Students walking out of their classrooms and into a common space (Student center, school library etc) and having their protest inside is supported. For more on safety, click here.

What exactly will happen the day of the protest?

Starting at 10 a.m. students will gather outside, where they will take 13 seconds of silence to honor the 13 killed at Columbine High School. After that an open mic will commence where students can have their voices heard. This is a time for listening. After that the schedule is up to you and your school. Lane Murdock’s High School has a specific list of events being planned for that day. That will also be shared if you want inspiration.

What are we protesting?

We’re protesting the violence in schools and the lack of change that has occured to stop that. The day is also a time for students to interact on an elevated platform they have never had before. It is a day of discourse and thoughtful sharing. Bringing together communities and students to get a national discussion rolling.

What about college/university?

We think think movements by those students are a wonderful idea. Since we are student run and have limited time we are focusing on high school right now. We do not discourage the idea and support it 100% but can’t focus on it right now.

How can parents help?

Parents can help by supporting kids in their effort to self organize. They may be present during the walk out but are encouraged to let the youth lead. Again, things will be different depending on what your school and its students decide to do but we encourage the day to be student lead with parental and community and school administration support.

How do I get my school/town/city involved?

Our website has an overview of how to register an event, talk to school administrators, attract fellow students, and invite any guests or speakers.

Who are you?

The National School Walkout, organized and led by students angered by the inaction seen in Congress. Learn more about who we are here.

How do I get in contact with National School Walkout?

For media inquiries, email press@nationalschoolwalkout.net. For any other questions, our email is schoolwalkoutus@gmail.com. If you have an urgent problem that the National School Walkout staff can help with, call or text (773) 688-4382.