Students across the country and within the Palo Alto Unified School District are planning to participate in a national walkout on Wednesday. Scheduled at 10 a.m for 17 minutes — one minute for each person who died in last month's Parkland school shooting — the walkout will be in support of stricter gun control and school safety measures.
The response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a disturbed man murdered 17 people, feels different. This surge in student-led activism is something new; something that could mark the end of the cynical passivity that has become the mindset of so many, and should serve as a call to action.
Parents and children alike "oohed and aahed" as they perused tables lined with gorgeous, intricate icicle ornaments, Christmas trees, acorns, and many other pieces of glass-blown art. The festivities were part of Palo Alto High School's seasonal Fiery Arts Sale, in which glassblowing students sell the artwork they have created during the year to raise money for the glass program.
A protest planned by a coalition of Stanford student organizations for Tuesday, Nov. 14 is expected to draw over five hundred people in response to a speech on the same day by controversial author and blogger Robert Spencer.