On April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, more than 5,000 students from more than 20 high schools and universities around New York and New Jersey will be participating in a national walkout in protest of gun violence. The walkout will be one of many across the United States on Friday, with more than 2,100 events planned in total.
The National School Walkout will commence at noon in Washington Square Park, and will run until 3 p.m. In attendance will be survivors from past shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Pulse Nightclub, Columbine and Sandy Hook Elementary School, including Isabelle Robinson, Aalayah Eastmond, Christopher Hansen and Amalia Fernand.
One of the organizers from the Beacon School in New York City, Arielle Geisnar, emphasized that having college students attend the walkout is important in order to present a united front.
“Even though this is organized by high school students, we can’t forget that we’re built from the same ground,” Geisnar said in an interview with WSN. “At the end of the day, we’re both afraid in our schools. To have college kids supporting us is incredibly important.”
During the protest in WSP there will be multiple speakers, including activist Erica Ford, New York Congressman Jerry Nadler and New York City Councilman Keith Powers. Andrew Meyers, an organizer from Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn said that those who attend should expect more than just a protest.
“Attendees who come to the protest should expect to be inspired by the all the speeches of the day to either go and vote in November or take action on the issue of gun control anyway that they can,” Meyers said in an email to WSN. “They should also expect to learn more about the issue of gun control, specifically policy questions and what is going on in Congress right now. This event is as much a protest as it is a chance for people to hopefully come away with something new.”
Here are the list of some of the schools that are attending:
LaGuardia High School
Stuyvestant High School
New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math
Millenium Brooklyn School
Edward R. Murrow High School
Midwood High School
Packer Collegiate Institute
Saint Ann’s School
Brooklyn Friends School
The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women
Bard High School Early College Queens
American Studies at Lehman College
Bronx High School of Science
Brooklyn Technical High School
Central Park East High School
The Clinton School
The Dalton School
East Side Community High School
Forrest Hills High School
Grace Church School
Little Red School House
Harvest Collegiate High School
Horace Mann School
Hunter College High School
Pace University High School
Professional Performing Arts School
Richard R. Green High School of Teaching
Urban Assembly New York Harbor School
William Alexander Middle School
Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School
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