In a show of solidarity, students at Strom Thurmond High School walked out of their classrooms peacefully into the cafetorium, the designated gathering area, to join the rest of our nation in an effort to defeat the gun violence rampant in our schools and residential areas. The event began at 10:00 a. m. and lasted for seventeen minutes to honor those lives lost at the hands of a lone gunman on February 14 in Parkland, Florida. Not all students participated in the walkout. Some students did not know about it. Others felt it wasn’t a cause they wanted to share in. Another student claimed he was not in favor of giving up his guns. One senior said he went because it was personal when a friend of his died as a result of gun violence a few years ago.

According to Louis Scott, assistant principal, “I felt the walkout went rather well. The administration did not want to make an announcement for students participate yet allowed the student to body make this action their own choice. From the calm in the room and the great behavior, it appeared the students were spending their time in reflection. I believe it to be symbolic of their attitude and, in the future, they will realize that they can have a voice in making a difference not only in their lives, but in others’ lives, too.”

Approximately 200 hundred students took part in this earnest assembly. Students were expected to promptly go back to class after the seventeen minutes. Administration and teachers were present to adequately oversee and provide a safe and secure space for students. Supervision was provided for those students remaining in their classrooms.
After all was said and done, STHS students should be proud of their right to be heard silently.