LA parent voice: Student walkouts on gun control ‘show that we are tired of being afraid’

Students across the nation are ready to make their voices heard on Wednesday as they plan to walk out of their classrooms to honor the 17 lives lost last month in Parkland, Florida, and to demand stricter gun laws.

Parents are looking for ways to support their children but are wondering if participation at these demonstrations could cause trouble for their kids, or even if they can join the demonstrations.

Silvia García has two daughters at LA Unified’s Thomas Alva Edison Middle School in South LA. She said her daughters are too young to participate in a walkout demonstration, but she is encouraging them to express their own opinions about what makes them feel safe in school.

LA Unified has prepared a series of resources and activities for students to create a dialogue on the issue of school safety and to honor the 17 lives lost in Florida by participating in on-campus activities for 17 minutes. Vivian Ekchian, LA Unified’s interim superintendent, affirmed that “students have the right to freedom of speech, and they may participate in peaceful dialogue and activities on campus, within parameters set by their administrators. We ask that parents talk to their children and encourage them not to leave campus. Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to express themselves in a safe manner that respects the school environment and all perspectives.” Click here to read more: