Hyattsville students participate in national school walkout

Northwestern High School students participate in a national school walkout to protest gun violence on March 14. Photo by Krissi Humbard

By KRISSI HUMBARD — “This cannot keep happening.”

That sentiment echoed across the city as students in Hyattsville joined millions in the nation in a school walkout to protest gun violence on March 14.

Students at Northwestern High School, Chelsea School and Hyattsville Middle School walked out of their schools, . The protest started at 10 a.m. and lasted 17 minutes, to mark the 17 people  killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14 by a former student armed with an AR-15 assault-style rifle. Fourteen of those killed were high school students.

Students held signs calling for changes to gun laws and an end to gun violence. At Northwestern, hundreds gathered and chanted “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! All the guns have got to go!” and “No change, no school!”

A student who spoke over a speaker to her fellow students said, “This is not the end. This is not going to stop here.” She went on to encourage her fellow students to use their voice and call on their members of Congress to enact changes to gun laws. She went on to say, “this is something we can change right now, because this cannot keep happening.”

In a statement, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) said it “supports students in the exercise of meaningful freedom of speech, assembly, press and religion and will support National School Walkout activities in schools.”

The mass shooting in Florida has sparked a demand for action, led mainly by students. “March for Our Lives,” was created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country after the Parkland, Fla., shooting. A student-led march to end gun violence in the country is planned for March 24 in Washington, D.C.

  • Chelsea School students participate in the national school walkout March 14. Some wore pictures of the 17 victims of the Parkland, Fla., shooting. Photo courtesy of Digital Photography student Sam Aybar, Grade 11
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    A student holds a sign reading "17," an acknowledgement of the 17 students killed in Parkland, Fla., last month. A Chelsea School student protests gun violence in the national school walkout March 14. Photo courtesy of Digital Photography student Sam Aybar, Grade 11
  • Chelsea School teachers and staff joined students during the school walkout. Photo courtesy of Digital Photography student Sam Aybar, Grade 11
  • A Chelsea School student protests gun violence during the national school walkout March 14. Photo courtesy of Digital Photography student Sam Aybar, Grade 11
    A Chelsea School student protests gun violence during the national school walkout March 14. Photo courtesy of Digital Photography student Sam Aybar, Grade 11
  • Chelsea School students participate in the national school walkout March 14. Photo courtesy of Digital Photography student Sam Aybar, Grade 11
  • Students at Hyattsville Middle School participated in the national walkout to protest gun violence on March 14. Photo courtesy of HMS student Celeste Ross
  • A Hyattsville Middle student calls for a change to gun laws during the national walkout. Photo courtesy of HMS student Celeste Ross
  • An HMS student holds a sign inspired by Emma Gonzalez, a student at the Parkland, Fla., high school where a mass shooting occurred last month. Photo courtesy of HMS student Celeste Ross
    An HMS student holds a sign inspired by Emma Gonzalez, a student at the Parkland, Fla., high school where a mass shooting occurred last month. Photo courtesy of HMS student Celeste Ross
  • Students at Hyattsville Middle School participated in the national walkout to protest gun violence on March 14. Photo courtesy of HMS student Celeste Ross
  • A student holds a sign that reads "Books Not Bullets" during the national walkout. Photo courtesy of HMS student Celeste Ross
  • An HMS student protests gun violence during the walkout. Photo courtesy of HMS student Celeste Ross
  • Students at Hyattsville Middle School participated in the national walkout to protest gun violence on March 14. Photo courtesy of HMS student Celeste Ross
  • Northwestern High School students participate in a national school walkout to protest gun violence on March 14. Photo by Krissi Humbard
    Northwestern High School students participate in a national school walkout to protest gun violence on March 14. Photo by Krissi Humbard
  • A teacher joins Northwestern High students to protest gun violence on March 14. Photo by Krissi Humbard
  • Northwestern students hold signs to protest gun violence on March 14. Photo by Krissi Humbard
  • Northwestern students hold signs to protest gun violence on March 14. Photo by Krissi Humbard
  • Hyattsville City Police officers were on hand during the national school walkout March 14. Photo by Krissi Humbard
  • One of the Hyattsville Community Chaplains photographs students during the protest. Photo by Krissi Humbard
  • A student holds a sign that reads, "One child is worth more than all the guns on Earth." Photo by Krissi Humbard
  • A group of students hold a sign remembering the 17 victims of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting. Photo by Krissi Humbard
  • Northwestern students hold signs to protest gun violence on March 14. Photo by Krissi Humbard
    Northwestern students hold signs to protest gun violence on March 14. Photo by Krissi Humbard
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    Hyattsville Life & Times was not allowed to interview any students during the protest, and attempts to reach out to students for comment were unsuccessful.  

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