On the morning of March 14, 2018, our entire school headed outside into the cold and linked our arms in solidarity on the one month anniversary of the Florida school shooting. The PS 8 students, however, were not at all alone. Parents, teachers from grades K to 5, and the specials teachers had also joined us.
It all started right after our February break. We came back to school and talked about what had happened. A surprisingly large amount of people did not know what was going on. Personally, I think that kids not knowing, or even just not having access to important information, is half of the problem. The other half is not acting on that issue. My teacher had that part figured out ahead of time. She had us help her make a list of things we could do to raise awareness at PS 8, and at the same time, do something about an issue we all cared about. One thing we talked about was participating in the walkout. A few weeks later, my teacher Ms. Angie told us that she and the other fifth grade teachers had talked to all of the teachers in the other grades in the school, and they had decided to support us in participating!
Finally, it was the day of the walkout. A fellow ambassador from “No Place For Hate” named Frances and I read a poem over the loudspeaker that began the event.
By Scarlett F.
Photo credit to Liz Ryan