By Oscar Wolfe
As it neared 10 a.m., the planned time for the National School Walkout on March 14, I started to get a bit nervous. Was anyone even going to do it? Would I be the only one?
Finally, it was 10. I walked into the hallway and raced to my locker. There weren’t many people out. By the time I had my coat and the #Enough poster that I made, the halls were crowded with students on their way outside. It was amazing. As I walked out the doors, I felt empowered. I felt like I was finally making a real difference. By the time the walkout reached its peak, there were literally hundreds of us out there.
It felt great. Before this, it felt like I couldn’t do anything. And there I was, standing in the midst of practically my entire junior high and high school class, all coming together to protest something that we cared about: keeping ourselves safe from guns in our school. Some people may say that kids were just doing the walkout as an excuse to skip classes. Well, while that may be the case for a few, the vast majority were outside standing in the cold to show how passionate they are about an extremely important issue—one of the most important issues of our generation.
Overall, the walkout served its purpose, to show strength in numbers. Just wait a few years until we can all vote. There will be real change, even more than what we’re advocating for now.
As I walked back inside, I felt so satisfied. I had participated and helped to organize a national protest to keep myself and others safe. I’d say that that’s pretty good for a bunch of junior high and high school students. The walkout was a massive success.