February 21, 2018
A week ago, a lone shooter took 17 lives from a high school in south Florida. He used an AR-15 style weapon. Just a few weeks earlier, a student was found with a gun at O. Henry Middle School. Our politicians are failing to do their job, which is to protect the people who cannot protect themselves. 75% of the people in that high school can't vote, and are supposed to hope that elected officials will protect them from gun violence. That is why, on April 20th, the 19 year anniversary of another mass shooting, students across Austin*** will leave school at 10 A.M. in a walk out protest. I am not sure as to where and how the protest will go, but I urge students at O. Henry to take part in this event in two months. We want our school to be safe, and we had a run-through with a school shooting that could have happened if X-student (I am not naming him/her for obvious reasons) had brought ammunition. Nobody should take this subject lightly, and our voices need to be heard across the city, state, and the nation.
***Editorial note: an earlier version of this post indicated that a walk out is already planned at O. Henry Middle School. No information about a protest at OHMS is currently known; if information becomes available, it will not be posted on this website.