Many Nashville area schools participated in the nationwide walkout protesting gun violence at 10am Wednesday morning. The March 14 walkouts came in response to the massacre in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 teachers and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Young 8th graders from Creswell School organized and hosted one of the only walk-outs happening at a middle or elementary school in Nashville today. Creswell kids silently experience gun violence every day of their lives. If you don’t believe in this movement or don’t think that change is coming, then you’re blind to incredible influence that this kind of empowerment will have on these student for the rest of their lives. If you chose not to march, then you should be terrified of the force of these students. One 5th-grader told me she wished “everyone in the government would just grow up.” LOL! These students are more determined and more mature than most adults that I know. Walking-out alongside these warriors has been the greatest honor of my life. #neveragain #enough #enoughisenough #nationalwalkout #parkland
@abcnews My son’s school in Nashville is doing a school wide unified walkout at 10:00 for 17 https://t.co/lpFAhUhd1w front of the school is 17 empty chairs, representing each life lost. People don’t agree with his walkout but these students HAVE a voice that deserves to be heard— Laura Harnish (@LauraHarnish) March 14, 2018
With 169 schools and an estimated 88,000 students in the MNPS district, officials encouraged students and teachers to find a safe place inside the schools to protest, as some were concerned that going outdoors would make participants vulnerable. (Most went outside anyway, and it seems that all went smoothly. Everyone is safe, thankfully!)
District Spokesperson, Michelle Michaud, had previously stated that students who left campus without parent permission, didn't return, or stayed away longer than the nationally observed time of 17 minutes would be counted as unexcused, and could face loitering charges by MNPD.
Live at McGavock High School in Nashville, TN. They have organized a program around their walkout. https://t.co/r3EWmuGpgj— Justin McFarland (@ThisJustinTv) March 14, 2018
im so proud of myself... i really played a key role in making sure riverdale participated in the walkout !— kay 🌷 (@KaylaRiley24) March 14, 2018
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NEW: All Metro Nashville high schools, some middle schools to participate in National Walkout: https://t.co/gjhyAsjhlP— FoxNashville (@FOXNashville) March 12, 2018
As students across the nation plan a walk-out on Wednesday to fight gun violence, local universities are making it clear how participation could affect their futures. https://t.co/7m65DFD4U7— WSMV-TV, Nashville (@WSMV) March 13, 2018
Next Wednesday at 10 a.m., students at Overton High School are planning to leave class for 17 minutes in silent protest. They are joining a nationwide movement to honor the 17 people killed in a school shooting last month. https://t.co/Mtg0eEk2pL— WSMV-TV, Nashville (@WSMV) March 9, 2018