On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, members of the Evanston community will join together outside of Beacon Academy, 1574 Sherman Avenue, in Evanston to take part in the National School Walkout in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This local protest will start at 10 a.m., with students, parents and school faculty walking out for 17 minutes – one minute for each person killed at the high school in Parkland, Fl. The local schools represented in the walkout will include Beacon Academy, Chiaravalle Montessori and Roycemore School.
The National School Walkout is a protest taking place in hundreds of locations nationwide and is part of a greater movement spurred by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student survivors.
So far in 2018, there have been 12 school shootings that have resulted in serious injuries of someone other than the shooter. There is an average of 50 threats of violence made to schools each day. With the threats of gun violence looming so large in our schools and communities, something has to change; yet, Congress has not taken any major action to end gun violence since 1993.
“I’ve had enough of the gun violence in this country,” said Cara Marantz, a Roycemore student. “No one deserves to fear their entire life being taken away by one bullet. The current state of our nation is unacceptable, and participating in this protest is part of the change I am trying to make.”
The group will stand in solidarity for those affected by gun violence; demand Congress pass legislation to keep students safe from gun violence in our schools, on our streets, in homes and places of worship; and spread community awareness.
“We have seen this pattern of violence across our country for too long,” said Eli Perlin, a freshman at Beacon Academy. “It is our responsibility to fight for change we need and believe in.”
In order for this walkout to create change, people need to realize that mass shootings can be prevented. We, as a community, need to stand for the change we believe in.
To make a donation to the National School Walkout, RSVP or receive more information, visit https://www.actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/enough-national-school-walkout . Or, contact Eli Perlin at [email protected] or 513-550-0162.