When students across America walk out of classes tomorrow — to commemorate the Columbine massacre exactly 19 years ago, and demand an end to gun violence — there will be a strong Staples High School presence.
A passionate group of students has planned a day of activities. From 10 a.m. — when the Colorado shooting began — until 2:15 p.m., they’ll fill the large courtyard.
The rally will include student speakers, music, poetry, calls to senators and congressmen, a petition, poster-making, and voter registration.
Students who attend will be marked “unexcused” from class. But, leaders say, that’s a small price to pay for taking a stand on an important issue.
At 3 p.m., Staples students invite the entire town to a post-walkout rally on Veterans Green, across from Town Hall. State senator candidate (and Staples graduate) Will Haskell will speak. There will be student speeches too, along with music and poetry.
“We have a lot to say, and we want our voices heard,” say Brooke and Peri Kessler, 2 student leaders.
“We’re not partisan. But we do want everyone to be educated and informed. This is about our safety, and our future.”
The national walkout — an outgrowth of activism after the Parkland shootings in February — was organized just a few miles from Staples, by Ridgefield High School student Lane Murdock.