| Published in Youth Today & Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) had sent out a statement last week that discouraged students from participating in the walkout.
It did not stop students, teachers and other protesters throughout the Los Angeles area. Even an elementary school, Citizens of the World Charter School in Hollywood, allowed its students to take part in the walkout because of passionate parents who wanted to use this platform to teach their young children about gun control.
Jill Ettinger, a mother of a 5- and 8-year-old, registered the school for the walkout. Even though gun violence is a difficult subject for an elementary school to support, the parents supported teaching it to young students.
“I quickly learned that other parents had been communicating with the school administration about the walkout and we aligned to organize parents for today’s event,” Ettinger said. “As parents we wanted to support the movement and do everything we can to ensure that the national dialogue on gun control doesn’t stop and fade into the next cycle.”
Students and parents from the school spoke out about the powerful movement that sprang up in solidarity for the victims of the Parkland shooting.
“We want to support the National Walk Out movement because as parents we feel so strongly about gun control but even more so, we want to bolster the efforts of the amazing student activists from Parkland that are leading this effort,” said Etka Farrar, another organizer. “It’s important for us as a community to stand by them!”
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Video By Caleigh Wells: https://youtu.be/3s9NrKOmE6Q