By: Trinity Dunvan
10AM, March 14, 2018- Valencia High School Quad, hundreds of students gathered for 17 minutes in solidarity.
Three students: Amy Yoon, Jiyoo Jeong, Megan Wang, organized the #ENOUGH Walkout. All three students had a hand in creating flyers and letters for legislation. Prior to the walkout, administration and staff members were notified by email with the intent of gaining staff and faculty support.
At 10AM, Yoon, Jeong, and Wang delivered a speech centering on the tragedy that occured in Florida. Students witnessed and internalized not only the speech, but their fellow student body’s reception of the words delivered.
At the walkout, names of all 17 victims from Parkland, Florida were read. As each name was read a balloon was released in their memory. In addition, students distributed orange ribbons to those who wanted to show their support for the movement.
At the event, students were encouraged to sign letters to their local senator and assembly members concerning gun legislation. Articulated in the letters were the words, “Together we demand Congress enact an immediate resolution declaring gun violence a public health crisis and dedicating federal funding to research solutions and to implement violence intervention programs. We demand Congress recognize and address all forms of gun violence, including violence committed by law enforcement.” Students then lined up to sign both the letters as well as a poster that was left on display for the student body.
The somber event was over when students were reminded at 10:17 by an announcement that echoed over the loudspeaker. Without a hitch, school resumed as usual for the rest of the day.