(Writing this quite late on Tuesday night. By the time you see it, this whole thing may be over. Hah!)
Will your kids be joining the walkout in the morning? If you haven’t heard about it, here are the basics:
– It’s called the #Enough National School Walkout.
– Thousands of students will be walking out of school at 10:00 AM local time.
– The walkouts will last 17 minutes to honor the 17 students killed at the recent school shooting in Florida.
– The aim of the walkout is to raise awareness about issues of school safety and the impact of gun violence.
Lots of parents have been talking about the walkouts on social media today. Some schools are trying to shut down the walkout. Others are hoping to pivot the event from a walkout to an assembly about kindness. No surprise, our Oakland schools are openly supportive of it.
Olive, my high-schooler, is in Paris this week and can’t participate, but both of my middle schoolers — Oscar and Betty — will be walking out. As will the vast majority of their classmates (possible every single one). There are a few staff members who have volunteered to stay in the building with any kids who don’t want to participate in the walkout, but most of the faculty and staff will be joining in.
What’s happening at your school? Are your kids aware of the walkout? Will they be participating? Are teachers and administrators stressed out? How do you feel about it?
I keep thinking of the eagerness of citizens to participate here in Oakland — a city with a long history of gun violence. If the people here, many of whom have been affected by gun violence in personal ways, think this is an important walkout, and that new laws to prevent gun violence are sorely needed, why wouldn’t we believe them?
The Ban post has had a bit of an extended life — Ben Blair shared it on Facebook and ended up having indepth conversations about it over a full week. It was also shared widely on a social site called Quora, and I’m still getting really offensive comments on the original post daily (comments from Quora users). The deep and unabashed misogyny in the comments is so disturbing. I stopped responding and just delete them as soon as I see them.
In my own conversations, on the Design Mom Facebook page and in real life, I’m mostly focused on the idea of responsible gun ownership. How we might define it; what it could look like if it was codified into law. I would say every gun owner I know in real life (and it’s a considerable number of people) believes they are a responsible gun owner. But they hold widely varying views on gun storage and training and gun safety. Which makes the term “responsible gun owner” pretty meaningless, you know?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the walkout, and on the whole current gun discussion. Is it just me, or is this the first time the news cycle hasn’t moved on after a gun massacre? Is anyone else hopeful we might see some real change this time?
P.S. — We also have the nationwide March For Our Lives on our calendar for March 24th. There are 730 marches happening all over the country (and more being added as they get organized). I’m tempted to head to D.C. for the March on the Capital.