The walkout , organized by the group Empower, is meant to press lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws.
Ambridge school administration released a statement prior to the event that the students expressed their intent to participate in a school walkout as an expression of support and solidarity with their peers in Florida.
“We see this as an opportunity for our students to engage in civic activism and to exercise their First Amendment rights, and we support them in this endeavor,” said Ms. Janice Zupsic, High School Principal. “Safety for our students is my main concern. If they remain on school property and gather peacefully, no disciplinary action will be taken.”
The nationwide walkout is both a memorial and protest. Students walked out at 10 am and stood together on the center of the football field for 17 minutes to honor the 17 students and faculty members who were killed.
The demands, participants want Congress to:
- Ban assault weapons
- Require universal background checks before gun sales
- Pass a gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior
Video by Felicia Mycyk/ AMbridge Connection