Students across the country are preparing for a national school walkout this Wednesday. The National School Walkout is inspired by the deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students in Central Georgia are hosting their own walkouts.
Georgia College freshman Justin Hockey is putting his frustration into action by standing up against senseless gun violence. “I'm just... I think a lot of people are fed up,” said Hockey. “I was just really inspired by those students in Parkland. I will say, I do feel safe at my school, but we're doing this for schools across America. I know that some students don't feel safe, and that's not OK.”
Starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14th students across the country plan to walk out of class for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 lives lost in the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. “Just because they're younger than 30, people feel like they're not supposed to have a say in what happens or gun control laws, and that's not true,” said Kelley Quinn, Georgia College.
College students aren't the only ones participating in the National School Walkout -- so are high schoolers, but they could face disciplinary measures if they participate. Bibb County Schools sent 13WMAZ a statement Monday stating that students may face detention for skipping class, or worse if they cause a loud disruption. Some advocates say that's unfair. “Freedom of speech -- students have the right to stand up against it, but I think schools are using fear to control them,” said Quinn.
But Hockey says he's walking out for the students who can't and in memory of the ones who never made it home.
We reached out to Baldwin, Monroe, Laurens, and Dublin City Schools. They all said They're not expecting a lot of participation in the walkout. We were unable to reach anyone with the Houston or Jones County School Systems.