Hundreds of Schreiber Senior High School students walked out on Thursday afternoon to demand stronger gun regulation and other measures.
At noon, students across the country began demonstrating. This follows the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 students and two teachers were killed.
“I’m very proud of our Schreiber students who attended the walkout,” said Port Washington Schools Superintendent Michael Hynes. “I appreciate the student leaders making this happen. Their words were eloquent and spot on.”
So proud of our students in Port Washington. Their voices will be heard! 🔵⚪️❤️ https://t.co/NXle9AihfM
— Michael J. Hynes (@MikeHynes5) May 26, 2022
Schreiber High School posted an Instagram video showing a group of pupils. Students gave speeches, spoke about the victims and observed a moment of silence.
In the video, one student discusses racism, misogyny, bullying and mental illness as factors that make gun violence so tough to talk about.
“We have to start somewhere because the other option is allowing this epidemic to continue, and that is just not an option,” the student said. “As a collective, we must refuse to allow the next generation to grow up in a society where deaths in school by gun violence are a possibility.”
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Emily Beys, Port Washington Schools’ second vice president, emphasized her pride in the students.
“As our students said today, they do not have a vote yet, but they are the future of our country,” she said. “I hope they and students across the country today have sent a strong message for these senseless deaths to end.”
This story is ongoing. Blank Slate Media will continue to update it as more details emerge.