Schools nationwide stage walkouts for March for Our Lives movement
March 14, 2018
Schools from all around the country, including Arizona, saw students walk out on Wednesday for a March for Our Lives movement in an effort to get stricter gun control laws.
Sparked by the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla. last month, students marched to the capitol to speak with politicians about gun control laws. As one student explains, their agenda was to ask for bans on bump stocks, universal background checks and an increase of school counselors on campus.
Jacob Martinez, a junior at Dobson High School, organized the event. He was able to encourage his classmates to spend part of their Spring Break by demonstrating at the capitol. Martinez says the sole purpose of going to the capitol was to influence the legislators to be on the right side of history and not allow party politics to get in the way of the safety of their constituents.
“We met with numerous elected officials of the House and Senate,” Martinez says. “We have students in the governor’s office. We have made many attempts to meet with Governor Ducey and all of our attempts were either denied or ignored. So we marched up to his office to deliver a letter and are now trying to speak with him.”
Dobson students weren’t the only ones to show up. Whether they walked out of their school or it’s how they chose to spend their Spring Break, students from all around the Valley from Tucson to San Tan showed up to voice their frustration. If they weren’t able to walk out, then many students had a 17 minute moment of silence for the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting.
Martinez says they were able to speak to elected officials and listen to a House session. They also had a press conference talking about current events, and they are now trying to reach the governor.
The next March for Our Lives event will be another capitol visit on March 24. Martinez says if anyone thought Wednesday’s crowd was impressive, just wait until the next event.
For more information of March for Our Lives, go to marchforourlives.com.