Tahoma says #NEVERAGAIN
By Kent Williams
Following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14, there has been a resounding response from high school students across the country. On March 14, one month after the shooting, school walkouts took place across the country to protest gun violence and bring attention to the issue.
At Summit Public School: Tahoma, a group of seniors led a large chunk of the student body out of the school to meet with neighboring students in front of Oak Grove High School at 10 a.m.
The walkout lasted 17 minutes, one minute for each victim of the shooting. At the top of each minute, a victim’s name was announced and the crowd responded with “never again.”
Other events have taken place in response to the shooting, such as the March for Our Lives, which occurred on March 24 and featured a main protest in Washington D.C. as well as smaller marches across the country. Thousands of people attended these marches, with 800,000 coming to D.C. alone.
Tahoma students are planning to hold a longer, more political walkout on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. They intend to leave school in the morning and take public transit to the San Jose City Hall and protest with other local high schools in the East Side Union District.
See below for a video of the March 14 walkout at Tahoma and an overview of other #neveragain events: