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National school walkout this Wednesday

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Tulane University


National school walkout this Wednesday

What you can do to stop gun violence in America

Eli Kemp


As I walked into my classroom the day after the recent school shooting in Florida, a spooky feeling overwhelmed me. I realized I did not feel 100% safe being on campus due to the omnipresent threat of a shooting at my school.

Growing up in the United States, I have become numb to school shootings. Every time one happens it shocks me for a moment and then fades into the periphery. But if it were my school or my friends experiencing the shooting, I would not forget so quickly. The horror that school shootings cause families in the U.S. is unacceptable, and it’s time to take action instead of allowing the horror to fade.

This Wednesday, March 14th, The Rival is promoting a classroom walkout to honor the 17 people who died in the recent Florida shooting.

At 10am this Wednesday, stop whatever you are doing and take 17 minutes to honor those who were killed. Walk out of your classroom and come together outside on Freret & McAlister to honor those who lost their lives in Florida. The more people who walk out, the more attention this discussion will get and the more educated and aware all of us will become.

Congress will not act against the NRA unless those of us who believe in improved gun control step up and demand it. Read the attached flyer to find out what you can do to to help solve this issue and learn more about the March 14th national walkout.

We deserve to feel safe when we are in class and while we are walking to and from class. Gun violence creates a constant threat to our safety. New Orleans has one of the highest rates of murder of any U.S. city, and anyone over the age of 18 can go and purchase a semi-automatic rifle with little trouble. If you want future generations to live in a safer New Orleans and safer America, participate in this walkout and follow steps to get involved!

Click here to read The Rival's recent article about social media culture surrounding gun violence.

Feel free to contact with any questions about the walkout this Wednesday.