School Climate & Safety

Teachers Share Their Experiences on #NationalWalkoutDay

By Alix Mammina — March 14, 2018 3 min read
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Wyoming Area Secondary Center students and faculty members joins hands during an organized walkout of class for 17 minutes on March 14 in Exeter, Pa. to commemorate the victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.
—Mark Moran/The Citizens’ Voice via AP

This morning, thousands of students staged a nationwide walkout to protest gun violence and honor the 17 victims of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting that took place exactly one month ago.

On Twitter, we asked teachers to share their photos and stories from the walkouts. Before the demonstrations began, some teachers affirmed their support for students’ right to protest:

When the walkouts began, many educators joined their students outside:

Other teachers showed their support from inside the classroom:

And even teachers outside of the U.S. joined the demonstrations:

In some schools, teachers and administrators created spaces for students to participate in the protests without leaving campus. “Our elementary school is having 17 seconds of silence followed by 17 minutes of peace activities,” one teacher tweeted.

(As many teachers noted, the walkout unrelatedly coincided with Pi Day, held each year on March 14—or 3.14.)

For more updates on the walkouts, make sure to follow our live coverage from reporters stationed across the country. And if you’re not sure how to address the aftermath of this morning’s events, take a look at these four tips from experts in students’ civic engagement.

Have a story or photo from your school’s walkout? Share in the comments below or tweet us @EdWeekTeacher.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.