Monday, March 19, 2018

GUNS IN AMERICA - Our Nations' Student Walkout

"Student walkouts protesting shootings will vary around the country — and so will their schools’ responses" PBS NewsHour 3/13/2018


SUMMARY:  To mark the one-month anniversary of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, students are planning walkouts around the country for Wednesday.  Organizers expect more than 200,000 students in all 50 states will participate.  But how schools handle these walkouts has been a matter of some concern.  William Brangham learns more from special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week.

"‘The adults have failed us.  This is in our hands now’: Thousands stage school walkout over gun violence" PBS NewsHour 3/14/2018

All adults should hand their heads in shame.


SUMMARY:  Students and teachers walked out of class Wednesday morning by the tens of thousands to protest gun violence and remember the victims of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  Back in Washington, lawmakers pressed the FBI on why it didn't act on tips about the attacker prior to the shooting, and heard from those directly impacted by the violence.  William Brangham reports.

"Kids who walked out see their generation as the one ‘getting things done’ on the gun debate" PBS NewsHour 3/14/2018


SUMMARY:  Ceilidh Kern, a sophomore, and Jaylah Ross, a junior, are two students who participated in the March 14 school walkouts, and are part of a team from more than a dozen of our Student Reporting Labs who are covering the day's events for the NewsHour.  They join Judy Woodruff to discuss why they walked out, the passion driving children to participate and what they would say directly to policymakers.

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