Students in the United States (US) will again today walk out of their classes in protest of gun violence. The action comes on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, Jefferson County, Colorado, April 20, 1999.
Two student perpetrators opened gunfire upon fellow students at Columbine High School at 11:19 a.m. on that fateful day back in 1999, when the carnage was over, 12 students were killed along with one teacher and 24 other students were injured in the massacre. The perpetrators killed themselves.
In the wake of that 1999 massacre, more shootings have occurred across the US in spite of continuous protest by children to demand political action to curb the prevalence and ease of availability of guns used to perpetrate horrific crimes upon young people.
In 2007, at Virginia Tech, in the state of Virginia, 33 students died in another massacre that also injured 25; in 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut, 28 first graders and people were killed in yet another massacre; in 2015, 10 people died and nine were injured in a massacre at Umpqua Community College, in Oregon; in 2005 at red Lake High School, in Minnesota, 10 people died and seven were injured in another school massacre; and recently, on February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 17 people died and 14 were injured in yet another mass shooting at a US school. And yes, there have been other school mass shootings over the years.
But ever since this year's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Florida, a new class of student-activists has emerged bent on keeping pressure upon US lawmakers to tighten gun laws to prevent future gun tragedies.
Today's students walkout to protest gun violence, is an example of the coordinated and effective activism of today's youth in their determined efforts to end gun violence so that all children could be accorded the opportunity to live, learn and graduate without fear of violence from guns. Students who will not walk out of classes are being asked to wear the color orange in solidarity with the student movement.