National Walkout Day March 14 at 10am

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Cas1in72

Cas1in72

Specializes in school nursing/ maternal/child hospital based. Has 28 years experience. 186 Posts

We had a large number of our students walk out this morning. My son is a 6th grader here and I left it up to him. We had a long discussion on what was happening. Im proud of the kids who walked out for the right reasons, I have a suspicion that a number of them walked out just to get out of class. The only issue I had was that its 31 degrees here today. The principal wouldnt allow the kids to stop and get their coats. So as you can imagine, I have had kids coming in complaining of their hands and face "burning" UGH!

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery. 17 Articles; 5,259 Posts

My kid's school district supported any kids who wanted to walk out. At his middle school they're having a voluntary 'walkout' assembly today where they could talk about what they think needs to happen for school shootings to stop, and if they want to make posters there will be stuff there so they can, or so he told me. All with the blessing of teachers. I asked him if there was any group of parents to come sign the kids out so they can actually leave the campus, because if there is, even if we just walk across the street for 17 minutes, I'd have done it.

His response: "God, Mom, no. Don't show up at my school any more than you absolutely have to." He's still 13 and I'm still Mom and I still embarrass the hell out of him. (Just one more free service I offer.)

I do admire these kids and fully support them. They're way more politically aware and far more ballsy than I was at that age.

MrNurse(x2), ADN

Specializes in IMC, school nursing. Has 28 years experience. 1 Article; 2,558 Posts

The principal wouldnt allow the kids to stop and get their coats. So as you can imagine, I have had kids coming in complaining of their hands and face "burning" UGH!

Suck it up buttercups, you think the protesters in the '60's stopped at the nurse to complain?

LibraSunCNM, MSN

Specializes in OB. Has 10 years experience. 1,608 Posts

Then they turn 18 and vote out any politician in bed with the NRA.

Seriously! How can you say that peaceful protests accomplish nothing and then also complain that nothing will ever change?

peacockblue

peacockblue

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We had about 40 walk out. (School of 750) I had a couple ask me later why they walked out since they just wanted to be out of class and really had no idea what was going on but I think it was important to some and it really wasn't very disruptive.

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery. 17 Articles; 5,259 Posts

Suck it up buttercups, you think the protesters in the '60's stopped at the nurse to complain?

They're kids. They're doing a hell of a lot more meaningful stuff than I did at 13. They don't hold a lot of political power, so they're doing the best they can with what they have. I'll cut them some slack for stopping off at the school nurse. They're still kids.

My 13yo came home upset that about half the walker-outers acted stupid during the walkout at his school and just used as an excuse to get out of class. And he talked about the cold, but he said that people in Michigan were doing it (we're in the South), so if Michigan can deal with it so could he.

CapeCodMermaid, RN

Specializes in Gerontology, Med surg, Home Health. Has 30 years experience. 6,089 Posts

The walk out was originally started to honor the 17 students killed in Florida. They would be better standing up for kids who are bullied or who have no friends.

We had a blizzard yesterday so all the schools around here were closed

momofm1998

momofm1998

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I remember when I was their age and a bit older how vehement I was about my "rights"& beliefs", so I hesitate to cast a negative view point. I just know how drastically I have changed as I grew into adulthood. My beliefs have changed, my thoughts have changed and I look back at how completely asinine I was.

I was right and they were wrong period! I do believe their passion could use some adjustments and be very helpful. Where are the protests against hot car deaths of sweet babies, texting while driving, the lack of reasonably priced mental health resources, high prescription costs????? These issues could be seriously addressed and laws, policies, regulations changed with their voices and enthusiasm.

Guns don't kill, mentally ill people and evil people kill. I absolutely support the banning of assault weapons though. One can get instructions to build a bomb on You Tube and buy the materials on Amazon. A knife wielding student attacked and injured 22 students in 2014. I see the Fl. school had not taken part in active shooter training as so many have done. The officials had been warned about that student. They need to take some responsibility.

momofm1998

momofm1998

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Amen sister!!!

momofm1998

momofm1998

58 Posts

Amen Becky and Mr nurse!!! I so agree with you...Adults have let those kids down!

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery. 17 Articles; 5,259 Posts

The walk out was originally started to honor the 17 students killed in Florida. They would be better standing up for kids who are bullied or who have no friends.

We had a blizzard yesterday so all the schools around here were closed

Two completely different discussions.

Yes, kids should be kind to those in their midst who might be lonely.

But that's not going to help with the issue of legislators in bed with the NRA and refuse to do ANYthing to help them be safer in school.

nehneh14

nehneh14

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My child's school participated. They've had a run up to today with many discussions about rights, gun violence, school shootings and political action/protest. Those who wanted to participate made signs (or not) and stood in front of their school behind a wrought iron fence which fronts a busy roadway. The teachers stood in a line behind the students, wanting the students to be the focal point and to give them ownership of their protest. My son said they got lots of waves, headlight flashes and beeps in solidarity from the motorists. It's so sad that such tragedy was necessary in order to spur an acceptance of student participation and push for change, but what a wonderful learning opportunity it has been for students across the nation.