LocationAlhambra , CA United States
Alhambra students will join other school communities around the country in a walkout to end gun violence in schools.
The walkout is being organized on a national level by Empower, a youth division of the Women’s March, and will take place on Wednesday. Participating students will leave their classrooms at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes, in remembrance of the 17 people who were killed in the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Students have a choice as to whether they want to participate. The Alhambra Unified School District is encouraging those who chose to do so to gather in designated areas on campus during the walkout in an effort to allow students to express their opinion while also ensuring their safety. These areas will be supervised by staff.
“Leaving campus is unwise and we ask your student not to leave, and instead, participate in the various on-campus ways each school is creating to best draw attention to making schools safe,” wrote Assistant Superintendent Laurel Bear in a letter to district families.
Students across the country will use those 17 minutes to call on Congress and other government officials to pass stronger gun control measures, as well as raise awareness of gun violence in schools in general. “I think by participating in this walkout we can bring awareness to the topic of gun violence in America and what we as people can do to at least make a positive change,” said Jonathan Sanchez, a student at San Gabriel High School, via email.
Are you participating in Alhambra’s school walkout on Wednesday? We would love to share your thoughts you may have with the wider community. Email us at [email protected]
Updated on March 12, 2018 at 5:44 p.m. to clarify that Alhambra Unified students can choose whether or not they want to participate in the walkout.