By Miranda Glenn
Interviews by Akasha Brahmbhatt
On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, thousands of students across the U.S. walked out of their schools for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida one month before. Boulder High School was one of the schools that participated in this historical event. Hundreds of Boulder High students left their classrooms at 10 am Wednesday morning to sit on the soccer field in silence for 17 minutes. Soon after, several students took turns speaking their minds regarding gun laws and gun violence in schools. Everyone listening, whether they agreed with those sentiments or not, listened and clapped politely.
At 10:45 am, students had the choice of returning to the school or marching to the Courthouse on Pearl Street for further demonstrations. Many students elected to continue on. A long trail of students marched from Boulder High to Pearl Street, where they then congregated outside the front of the Courthouse. At that time, students from Boulder High were joined by representatives from CU Boulder and the organization “Moms Demand Action,” as well as members of the community. Several Boulder High students, as well as a spokesperson from Moms Demand Action, took turns speaking to the gathering.
As the speeches came to a conclusion, students began walking back to Boulder High and returned to their classrooms by approximately 11:30 am.
This event was a perfect example of unity within a community in the face of a larger problem and was a success overall.
This day was incredible and there were so many well-spoken young adults who participated. It taught us how to stand up for what we believe in and how to unite as a community so that we can make a change. I interviewed a freshman who participated in the walkout. “I thought it was really cool to see everyone standing up and protesting for what they believe in. I did it because I wanted to stand up for student’s rights and try to make more people aware of the issue of school shootings,” she says. People from other schools and around Boulder came to watch and participate in our voices being heard and us taking action, something we all greatly appreciated.