Let students walk out, it’s a great civic lesson

I see all these schools who want to have a hugs and kisses program in the school gymnasium tomorrow. Wrong approach.

When I went to HS in a large suburb of Seattle in the late 80’s we had several walkouts. The teachers and administrators didn’t stop us. They let us have our protest, and we returned to classes. In fact, almost once a month they would have an 8th period day. They would shorten all the other 7 periods so we could have around a 20 minute period in the morning to interact with other students and discuss student body issues in the commons area.

Letting kids protest by walking out is a great civic lesson in protesting our government. And they should be protesting school gun violence, it is a worthy cause.

So let them walk out, it’s a great lesson in civic engagement something I think is missing in our school curriculum these days.


#1 scott on 03.13.18 at 6:19 pm

no one would be complaining if it was a walkout for the 2nd amendment.

#2 The D@ily Spin on 03.13.18 at 6:49 pm

Only one firearm in the building and it’s a basic revolver pistol. A respected senior in civilian clothes walking the halls between classes. A witness for when there’s a student fight or students in the hall that should be in class. A mild level of security backed up with a few cameras.

#3 The D@ily Spin on 03.14.18 at 12:34 pm

Schools need better security but schools must not become prisons with armed guards aka teachers. It’s to late for gun control. There’s already to many in circulation. I agree with age 21 for purchase. However, not for possession of semiautomatic rifles/shotguns (max 5 shot capacity). Teens should have hunting or target practice privilege. Can you send an 18 year old into battle without gun familiarity? Already, they can’t drink but they can die.

#4 Peter "Mega" Pischke on 03.15.18 at 12:47 am

I’m pretty happy with how the walkup turned out.

I think we need to teach and encourage our kids to learn all of their rights, found in our founding documents (especially the Bill of Rights).

A major problem in our country right now is that many young Americans are ignorant of these things.

Teach them to exercise their rights and to take responsibility for them.

#5 Peter "Mega" Pischke on 03.15.18 at 12:50 am

I’m glad (mostly) that there was an effort to keep it apolitical.

I would ideally allow discussion and debate in classes over solutions to this issue.

As long as there is ample opportunity and time for both sides (gun control vs. pro 2nd amendment) I think a healthy discussion would be a good learning experience.

Not only would it help them to think more critically and be more engaged with the news and world around them; but it would help them to understand that those who disagree with them on politics are still just normal human beings.

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