Guidelines for Holding a School Walkout
Here is some information to help you plan your walkout:
A mass school walkout, led by youth, to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers after school shootings. We need action. We demand Congress pass sensible legislation that would help keep us and our loved ones safe from gun violence at school, and beyond. Since Sandy Hook there have been over 200 school shootings resulting in over 400 people shot since sandy hook.
Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms.
Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.
We must demand our elected officials do the job they were elected to do—keep us safe. Congress needs to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers after school shootings. They must take meaningful action to pass sensible federal gun reform legislation that will greatly reduce school shootings and save the lives of students and teachers.
What do we want?
- Reinstate and strengthen the Federal Ban on Assault Weapons
- Ban high capacity magazines and bump stocks
- Raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21
- Ensure a complete universal database of those banned from buying firearms
- Require universal background checks for all gun sales that include relevant mental health information and previous interactions with the law
- Close the private sale and gun show loophole that waives the necessity of background checks
- Pass federal gun violence restraining order law
- Fund and publish government research on gun violence
- Promote safe and secure storage
- Require licensing and insurance for all gun owners
Students, Teachers, School Administrators, Parents, Everyone
Schools and universities across America.
Some ideas for your youth-led action:
- Wear all orange, the color for the movement, to show solidarity. To get orange Stop School Shootings Now T-shirts, click here.
- Walkout on same day at same time across all time zones for a designated amount of time: 17 minutes for 17 students killed in Parkland, FL
10am ET, 10amCT, 10amMT, 10amPT
- Students can walk outside of their school or walk out of the classroom into a hallway
- Encourage schools to host an assembly discussing the issue of gun violence before/after walk-out
- Students can host sign-making get-togethers for the walk-out.
- Write letters to Congress urging them to take action to keep schools safe.
- Register to VOTE
- All actions should be inclusive & non-violent.