Editorial: Recent student walkouts stir up needed change for gun reform


Richard Mendiola

Daniel Pearl Magnet High School students hold and chant their posters during the #Enough Walkout on March 14.

Multiple heart-wrenching school massacres have taken place, but after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14 students will no longer tolerate their safety being jeopardized by lawmakers.

In response to the Parkland Shooting, students organized nonviolent walkouts all over the country, from New York to California.

On March 14, students at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School participated in a nondisruptive walkout to the Los Angeles Unified School District district offices to voice their discontent on recent events. During the 17 minute walkout, students held signs that read “Are we next?” and “#NeverAgain” in an attempt to challenge current gun legislation endangering the safety of their schoolground.

Although each of the 17 school shootings this year have had individuals around the country offering their condolences and honoring the victims, little has been done in regards to changing the policies that can prevent these disasters.

The “March For Our Lives” took place in Washington D.C. on March 24, seeking more restrictive gun legislations. 800 sibling marches took place the same day but since this date little has changed.

The positions on the issue change, but the problem still prevails. However, the recent Parkland Shooting has surpassed the social media stage and teens are taking their vexation and redirecting it into a significant movement.

As an editorial staff, we believe that student marches are the most effective method of voicing teenage opinions. Although teens are able to use platforms such as social media to get their voices heard, a disgruntled post on Instagram complaining about the issues plaguing our society will not be seen by people who have the power to make a change.

Ranting on social media will almost never be as influential as a unified group of students looking for a change.

Students may not have the opportunity to be in front of a podium in a conference focused on the regulations of guns, but that does not mean they cannot be heard.

Through these nationwide marches, the powerful voices of the youth have initiated the change we desire to evade a bleak future. On April 20, everyone can take part in the nationwide school walkout in support of newer restrictions on gun ownership.