It was a day of activism, for hundreds of Staples High School students.
From 10 a.m. until the end of school, the courtyard was packed. Speeches, poetry, music and more drew attention to the very real issue of gun violence.
One girl said she was told there were consequences for leaving class. “I can’t get a detention if I’m dead!” she replied.
At 3 p.m., a smaller group of students — bolstered by other Westporters, of all ages — gathered on Veterans Green across from Town Hall.
Politicians of both parties were in attendance. But the students — noting the non-partisan importance of legislation — took charge.
It was their day.
After all, it’s their future.