Today marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado, where two high school students gunned down 13 of their fellow classmates and educators. To mark the occasion, students nationwide are staging a second nationwide school walkout to honor the victims of gun violence and advocate gun control.
19 years ago today, these 13 people were killed at #Columbine High School in Colorado.
This is why we fight. 19 years later, and this still happens. pic.twitter.com/qfkp6av9Hd
— Sofie Whitney (@sofiewhitney) April 20, 2018
— Anne Frank Center (@AnneFrankCenter) April 20, 2018
According to The Washington Post, Lane Murdock, a 16-year-old student at Ridgefield High School in Connecticut prompted the walkouts when he started an online petition to organize another demonstration in response to Parkland. Unlike the last walkout which only lasted 17 minutes, today’s protest will last all day.
The Post reports this walkout is significantly smaller than the March For Our Lives protests last month, perhaps due to “a lack of promotion and questions about its goals, conflicts with mandatory standardized testing, and, in some cases, protest fatigue among students.”
Today is National School Walkout Day! Teachers & students all over the U.S. will walk out of schools & universities at 10AM local time. This is to honor the 13 people killed at Columbine High School on this day in 1999. #NationalSchoolWalkout
Please RETWEET. Spread the word
— Ed Krassenstein 💎 (@EdKrassen) April 20, 2018
Students attending schools in Colorado’s Jeffco Public Schools, sight of Columbine High School, are not participating in the walkout. The Wall Street Journal reports that officials in the school district have asked the kids not to take part in the demonstrations. “The superintendent and Columbine High School principals asked students and staff to consider service or other proactive actions instead of a walkout,” said Jeffco schools spokeswoman, Diana Wilson. Today will be a day of service for the students in this district; they will take part in projects such as cleaning up a local park and helping out at an animal shelter.
As reported earlier, one high school student was injured in another
— Sarah Ruiz-Grossman (@sarah_grossman) April 20, 2018