STORY BY SAM STYNEN
A group of McQueen and Wooster students are planning another walkout this Friday, April 20.
Today’s walkout coincides with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. The walkout begins at 10 a.m.
“We will walk out in front of the office and on to the lawn,” said McQueen student Dylyn Walker, who helped organize the school’s walkout.
However, in an email to school staff Thursday night, Principal Amy Marable said, “Students are NOT permitted to protest on school grounds (they may go across the street or any location they decide).”
During the walkout, the students are planning to contact representatives, walk to the post office at Robb and Mae Anne to mail letters to congressmen and senators, allow students to register to vote, and some students have speeches prepared for the event.
Unlike the previous walkout, this “walkout is planned from 10 a.m. through the rest of the school day,” including a lunch break, Walker said.
As of right now, Walker is expecting 100 to 200 to participate in the walkout. In a survey taken by McQueen Excalibur on Twitter, 42% of 91 student said they would be interested in taking part in the event.
Similar to the previous walkout, student who leave class will be marked tardy if they leave, but return to class. Students who leave and choose not to return will be marked absent. As with the previous walkout on March 14, teachers aren’t allowed to participate, unless they do it on their own time.
“”Employees who participate on any political activity do so on their own time and, if acceptable, must take a personal day and arrange for a substitute,” according to an email from Washoe County School District which was sent out to teachers Tuesday.
As for what’s next, after the walkout, Walker says there will be more walkouts and boycotts to follow. He said he hopes students will not be discouraged to continue speaking up.
“Do not be afraid of what adults and law makers will say,” Walker said. “Because when it comes down to it, you will be voting in the next election, so your voice is just as important.”