Firestone's Approach to National Walkout

How Our Students Make a Difference
Posted on 03/14/2018
Image of Firestone Students During National Walkout(courtesy Theresa Cottom, ohio.com/Akron Beacon Journal)

All was quiet in Firestone High School Wednesday until 9:50 a.m.

As the clock ticked closer to 10 a.m., students began abandoning their classroom seats and stepping into the hallway. And within minutes, hundreds of them flooded the halls, headed to the doors and stepped into the cold to take a stand for gun violence.

Firestone CLC was one of thousands of schools nationally that participated in walkouts at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Students across the country walked out of their schools for 17 minutes to honor the 17 people who died in the school shooting a month ago in Parkland, Fla.

But a majority of students at Firestone didn’t want to just walk out of school — they wanted to make a tangible difference.

So before their walkout, student leaders put together a list of demands to present the Akron Board of Education and their own school to keep them safer.

Megan May and Bree Chambers, the students who organized the walkout, originally planned to march to the board of education after the walkout to present their demands. They later decided to address the board at a later date to give members time to consider the ideas, which include keeping teachers unarmed and incorporating more mental health support into the school. Read more and watch the video >>.

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