By Maria Cook
Some students at Zionsville High School are preparing to participate in the Enough! National School Walkout scheduled for 10 a.m. on March 14.
The 17-minute walkout is meant to protest gun violence in schools and honor the 17 people killed in a Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla..
Zionsville High School senior Laura Rodgers, who is helping organize the local walkout, is passionate about ending gun violence in schools.
“The prevalence of school shootings in our country is outrageous and disgraceful,” Rodgers said. “We, as students, do not feel safe in our schools. We have the right to learn without fear. Children are being slaughtered in their classrooms, and nothing is changing. We want our voices to be heard and we want something to be done.”
ZCS officials said they will not attempt to stop students from participating in the walkout, but that absences from class will not be excused unless a parent calls the school.
Many student protesters remain undeterred, however. According to Rodgers, protesting outside of regular school hours would not have the same impact as a walkout.
“Although out-of-school activism is important and meaningful, this is about our schools,” she said. “As children, our lives are centered around school, so it is logical that we use this opportunity to make a statement. We are prepared to face the consequences of missing class. We are making the choice to violate the rules, and consequences are part of civil disobedience.”