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3/14 Walkout: A Success?

minal newspaperMinal Patel, 12th grade

Q: Did the walkout seem successful?

A: Yes, because people driving by were honking and acknowledging our cause, and nearby pedestrians stopped to take pictures of our efforts.

The purpose of the walkout is to show that students at Cerritos are aware of circumstances and as high school students we can support other high school students who are trying to making a difference.

Q: Anything specific you noticed during the walkout?

A: A lot of people were not aware of the cause, making the walkout slightly less effective. They seemed like they were doing it mainly because they just wanted to leave class. I think they should make themselves aware of the actual issue. The school made it obvious what it was about, but they didn’t seem to care as much as they should have.

Q: What do we do/what should be done now?

A: We shouldn’t forget what happened, we need to work towards helping the future generations and ensuring that this doesn’t happen again. We have to fight for the future.

 

image1 (1)Emily Pan, 10th grade

Q: Did the walkout seem successful?

A: The walkout was successful because students really got out there and expressed their opinion.

Q: Anything specific you noticed during the walkout?

A: Somewhat.  Like half the people were actually doing it.

Q: What do we do/what should be done now?

A: We should continue to keep protesting and fight for what we believe is right because as a student I believe school should be a safe environment and everyone should not be worrying about an issue occurring.

 

img_8707.jpgMary Kaye Valdez, 12th grade

Q: Did the walkout seem successful?

A: Personally, I felt like it was half and half. Simply because half of the crowd were actually passionate about it (yelling, with signs up) while the other half just stood there in silence.

Q: Anything specific you noticed during the walkout?
A: During the walkout, I noticed that some of the people didn’t really know why they were out there. They had a general idea of what it was about, but didn’t exactly know what they were fighting for. They just felt that it was good to be out there.
Q: What do we do/what should be done now?
A: I think we should take our actions to the next level. And by that I mean, taking the initiative to call our politicians or law makers and asking them to change the gun laws. After all, they are the ones who can directly make a difference. Marching/protesting allows us to spread the message, but if we want change then we have to do more than that.
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Jaide Lin, 11th grade
Q: Did the walkout seem successful?
A: No, not really because it didn’t really draw attention to gun law violence and people didn’t really go for the purpose, but just to get out of class. It also wasn’t very student-led, but school sanctioned.
Q: Anything specific you noticed during the walkout?
A: A lot of people were just sitting around and on their phones.
Q: What do we do/what should be done now?
A: I think we should encourage students to write about their personal experience and opinions about gun laws. Since something (the gun threat) dangerous already happened to our school, it shows how it’s possible that something bad can actually happen to us and it’s not just far away.
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Izabelle Manigault, 12th grade

Q: Did the walkout seem successful?

A: I think it was successful because a lot of people came and some members of the community came to show their support.

Q: Anything specific you noticed during the walkout?

A: Not really. Nothing surprised me much. I expected people to come but I didn’t expect that big a turn out.

Q: What do we do?/What should be done?

A: We should come together and stand united. But most importantly we need to actually vote when the time comes. I don’t expect much of the government but I hope that they hear what we want.

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