BMHS PrideTime Reporter
On Wednesday March 14th, 2018 at 12pm Brien McMahon High School students put together a student ran protest because a lot of students didn't feel as if their voices was fully heard by administration.
As a student at Brien McMahon, I definitely thought the walk out we had wasn't really beneficial and failed to make a stand against gun violence and more gun control.
Before the protest actually began, Mr.Hurwitz made an announcement on the intercom, going against the protesting saying, if we do go outside we will have an consequence.
I was definitely wishy washy about participating in this protest, just for the simple fact I didn't want to lose any of my senior privileges, but I did want to stand up for something I believed so strongly.
Coming from where I am from, gun violence is critical to my environment, And gun control is strongly needed. From moments of seeing multiple shootings in my town and 3 or more shooting in one week was very detrimental to my environment. Seeing family friends or my friends friends being killed and the sadness in their faces would kill me on the inside. I was going around to teachers and students asking if we would really not be able to graduate if we go outside, but majority of the teachers were for us students standing up for what we believed in .Graduating is something that is very important to me, growing up I was always down talked and no one really believed in me and how great I could be, so graduating high school would help me begin to take the next step to being great.
I eventually said in my head “who really cares if I get in trouble if I am standing up for something I believed in” and walked outside to join my classmates. Some might say I was ‘following the crowd,’ but deep down inside growing up in my city I knew I had to fight for this very important situation. This protest was never about just getting out of class but was about standing up for gun control so no more lives will be lost to stupidity of others. Being outside actually protesting and standing up for something so serious was something I would’ve never thought I would do my senior year.
Hearing everyone give their speeches on how they felt about gun violence and how they felt their lives don't matter to the school system because a major change has not been made for the safety of all students brought tears to a lot of people's eyes.One particular person that stood out to me was Deyannah Vaughn (c/o 2018). Deyannah is such a shy person but also outgoing when with her peers, She spoke out about her life and why this protest was so important to her and she really just caught my attention fully, her speech was overall very moving.The experience was so heartfelt and warming. As a student at Brien McMahon I admit I was scared to go outside , just because of not knowing the consequences but , I did push that mindset to the side and I went out to stand up for all the victims of gun violence and to fight for gun control. I was just so proud of all my classmates and I for standing together to make a change. I don't regret anything about this day, and I feel we all proved how Senators should really be .