March 14, 2018, was #WalkoutWednesday, marking one month since the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Students across the nation used this day to express themselves and send a powerful message about ending gun violence in schools nationwide. Many CPS students participated in their own ways, often activating the entire school to unite and come together. View the photo gallery below to see the different ways students expressed their empathy and compassion. Clicking on photos enables a closer view.
Aiken High School
Students stood in front of the school with a sign that said, “From our family to yours,” with the Aiken and Stoneman Douglas logos.
Photos courtesy of Local 12.
James N. Gamble Montessori High School
Candles were placed on a bench outside of the school, and students carried the signs they made during the walkout.
The importance of community service is integrated into Gamble Montessori’s curriculum, often taking shape through the two-week intercessions that occur twice a year for grades 9-12. Some students will use their upcoming Peace & Justice Intercession to study and perform work directly related to gun violence.
Photos courtesy of Susan Dorenkemper, CPS Public Affairs.
School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA)
Students circled the building and faced Central Parkway, holding hands and holding signs.
Photos courtesy of CPS, WVXU, and Fox 19.
Walnut Hills High School
At 10:00 a.m., students walked outside—grades seven through nine to the baseball field and grades 10-12 to the football field—for 17 minutes of silence.
On the football field, student leaders read the names of the victims of the Parkland shooting in remembrance. Other students shared original writing and poetry. Another student leader organized a voter registration drive for that day’s lunch period, encouraging students who would be 18 years of age in November to register to vote.
Additionally, some students joined other passionate student activists in the Cincinnati area to go to Columbus for the afternoon to lobby the state government for gun control.
Photos courtesy of WLWT, Cincinnati Enquirer.
Cincinnati Public Schools also encouraged our students to share their thoughts about what they think should happen to end gun violence in schools across our nation, or what they want to do personally to make an impact on this issue. Questions included:
- What do you think should happen to end gun violence in schools across our nation?
- What would you say to other students who don’t feel like they fit in at school?
- What do you want to say to lawmakers to encourage them to stand up against gun violence?
- What do you want to do personally to make an impact on this issue?
Some shared their thoughts by posting a video to social media with #CPSVoices: Here are some contributions from Hughes STEM students: