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Sayreville High School student Rosa Rodrguez (Twitter / Glenn Shuck)

Power of one

Lone student at high school participates in nationwide gun reform walkout

By WITW Staff on March 15, 2018

Students around the nation on Wednesday walked out of their classrooms for 17 minutes to pay tribute to the victims killed in last month’s mass shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, and to protest American lawmaker’s in action on implementing stricter rules for obtaining firearms. “Enough is enough,” was the slogan of the day.

While some schools worked with students to allow for walkouts to go forth without punishment, other schools threatened suspension for students who took part in the mass protest. One girl in New Jersey said she wasn’t deterred by her principal’s threats of disciplinary action and ended up being the only student in her entire school who walked out and made her voice heard. Rosa Rodriguez of Sayreville High School, in suburb outside New York City, explained to reporter why she went through with her walkout — even though she was alone in doing so.

“A lot of people are saying, ‘Oh, this is stupid, you shouldn’t do this. Just stay inside, go on about your day,” she said. “And I’m like, well, I want to show I care about it, so I want to do something about it.” Rodriguez said that if her principal follows through on his threat of a suspension, she won’t protest the punishment. But she was discouraged by the lack of support among her classmates.

“If you were going to eat out initially, you still should have left, just because you did not want these consequences you stay in. You should have gone out and shown that they were wrong,” Rodriguez told New York radio station 1010 WINS.

Of course, elsewhere around the nation, thousands of students walked out, and support for the protests was strong at Stoneman Douglas High School. For more on what they had to say about why they are demanding action, watch the video below.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.