EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was submitted by Cereese Blose. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the “Hawk’s View” AHS newspaper. She has won first place in journalism contests and hold other achievements in writing.
When someone enters even the strictest of teachers’ classrooms, there is still talking.
Kids are whispering to each other. Any adult knows how tough it can be to get a group of teenagers to be quiet.
So when a group of students becomes silent on their own, it warrants awareness.
At 10:00 AM on March 14th, nearing the middle of fourth period, hundreds of students left their classrooms to gather in the Atrium for seventeen minutes of silence.
For the first couple minutes, it was chaos. Students were loud and walking around the Atrium aimlessly. However quickly a few formed a circle. More students joined hands, and it slowly became silent.
Two other groups also walked out that day. One was group of students who came to stand silently apart from the main group to advocate for their second amendment rights. The second was a group of boys with a U. S. flag who, through their jokes and jeering, made it apparent that they weren’t really sure of what they stood for.
Nevertheless, they too eventually grew silent.
During those silent seventeen minutes, whether the students were there because they stood for their right to bear arms, or for gun restriction, for the memory of those seventeen tragically lost lives, or even just to get out of class, any student can tell you that they felt a connection.
Those seventeen minutes were a rare occasion where students who didn’t even know each other came together. While they are just students, the walk out was a way to demonstrate how seriously minors care about the world around them.