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.