From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
March 14, 2018
Today, over a hundred Wellington C. Mepham High School students walked out of class from 10:00 to 10:17 AM, one month after a teen used a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H. S. in Parkland, FLA.
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The walkout was part of a nationwide protest to show solidarity with student shooting victims, and to demand U.S. lawmakers enact regulations and laws to reduce gun violence.
By 9:45 AM, up to four Nassau County patrol cars were parked on Camp Avenue in front of Mepham. School administration had requested police “just in case.” But neither the officers nor the school security guard, standing a distance from the walkout, needed to interact with protestors.
Several adults drove or walked to Mepham and stopped to look at the protest held at the west side of the school building. The most visible focal point from the street was four students standing on a bench and holding up big handmade protest signs.
As a man and woman in a car stopped near the side of the road watched the students, the driver said they’d come from the student walkout at Calhoun High School – which, like Mepham, is in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. Smiling, she added there were so many students protesting outside, it looked like the whole school was participating in the walkout.
FLI: When I was a student at Calhoun in the late 1960’s, there was a student walkout to protest U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. But, at most, I heard whispers about “something happening” beforehand. This was well before widespread internet and smart phones.CRYSTAL PHOTIOU, of Bellmore, also stopped her car in front of Mepham to watch the protest. When asked why she was there this morning, Photiou said:
“I wanted to see the kids. I wanted to see our future. That’s why I came.
“We have to do this. We have to support them. Absolutely.”
Given the right incentive – winning rather than losing elections – lawmakers can pass regulations and laws that both keep Second Amendment rights intact and also help significantly reduce the amount of U.S. gun violence, which is outrageously worse than in other countries.
So, with the 18th minute in sight – what’s next?