Over 100 members of the Lynn University community participated in today’s National School Walkout. The 17-minute demonstration was organized by a group of Lynn students supported by their student government, the Knights of the Roundtable.
“We are taking a stand against gun violence,” said organizer and senior Baylee Howe. “Given recent events right in our hometown, we are taking time today to remember the lives lost to mass shootings all over the nation. This is not about politics, and we are not trying to take away the second amendment in our Constitution. We must remember that this is about safety. My safety, your safety … our safety as an institution.”
Howe, along with Lourdes Rubero, a junior, and David Czarlinsky, a sophomore, led the demonstration with support from 14 peers. They opened the ceremony with a moment of silence in honor of the 17 victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, continued by reading a poem titled “We Remember Them” and by remembering those who died in mass shootings since Columbine High School in 1999. The walkout ended when student leaders invited attendees to sign a banner stating “#Enough,” purchase bracelets to support the Marjory Stoneman Douglas victims fund and register to vote.
“This generation has the power to make changes because we are the change,” said Howe. “The point of this walkout is to show that we are determined to make a difference. Congress needs to know that they are in office because of the voters, and we are the voters. We cannot stop until we get action and protection from the people we elected.”
Rubero said, “Do me a favor and look around. You are at Lynn University, a private college campus. The 14 students whose lives were taken will never reach this stage in their life and follow their dreams. This is why we are here today. We are here as a community, to stand together, to protect each other, to end gun violence. We are coming together as a community to say gun violence needs to stop. We are here to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.”
The nationwide walkout advocates for Congress to pass legislation that will keep people safe from gun violence at schools, on streets, and in homes and places of worship. Students asked community members interested in taking further action to register for and attend the March for Our Lives in Parkland, Florida, on March 24, at 10 a.m.