At 10:00am today, the Middle School students exited the school and spilled into the front parking lot. Dressed in bright orange shirts, some with orange headbands wrapped around their heads, they formed an amoeba-like line. Carrying signs of protest, they began to march around the perimeter of the campus. The energy was a mixture of nervous excitement – this was a new experience and they were doing it together.
After walking around the campus, they made their way to the front of the school and stood in a line facing route 25. As cars passed, some beeped in support, others sped by. After a few minutes, the students gathered in a circle around the metal tree sculpture for a moment of silence. As the students were about to enter the building, I asked them to stop and took the picture you see above. The variety of signs were both creative and clever. A heavy wind began to blow and shivered one student’s sign – I am so angry I made a sign. If the adults aren’t willing to take action, the young people will. Its time for adults to listen.