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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Walk Out or Walk Up

            Today is National School Walkout Day, and students across the country walked out of class at 10:00 this morning to protest against gun violence. This demonstration is the students’ answer to yet another school massacre exactly one month ago on Valentine’s Day in Florida.

            The Daily Signal was with approximately one thousand students who sat in silence in front of the White House, one minute for each of the victims at Parkland, Florida. The seventeen minutes of silence started at 10:00 this morning. At the end of the silent time, the mostly high school-age students walked peacefully to the Capitol Building. Similar protests took place across the nation.

            I was curious to know if any of my grandchildren walked out of their classes, so I sent a text to their parents. I have three grandchildren in high school, and two of them were out of school on spring break. I have not heard from the third. I have three granddaughters in middle school. One of them was out on spring break, one walked out, and one is unreported. I do not suppose that any of the elementary schools allowed their students to walk out. About 95% of the students at my granddaughter’s school walked out of class and went to the football field to sit for 17 minutes of silence.

            The students are supposedly protesting gun violence at the schools and are calling for more gun control. I cannot condemn them for wanting to do something about the violence that has sprung up all over the nation, but I do feel remorse that so many of the rising generation do not understand the need for the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. They most likely do not even know what laws they are protesting but marched because of peer pressure. I think that many of them walked out simply because they did not want to be in school! They definitely do not understand that they have been used as pawns in a very wicked game.

            David Hogg, a student at the Florida high school, is the face that everyone has seen for the past month. He has been interviewed many times – and has had his fifteen minutes of glory. However, high school students did not plan a national school walk out. It was planned and set up by the same people who organized the Women’s March, and the planning started two days after the Valentine’s Day massacre. These community organizers do not care about school safety and are simply pushing their own agenda. They used children as pawns just as other Communists have done in the past: Hitler and his Hitler Youth in Germany, Castro and his Popular Socialist Youth in Cuba, and Mao Zedong and his Red Guard in China!

            According to an article posted at The Blaze, the co-chairs for both the Women’s March and the school walk out protest are Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, and Tamika Mallory. Their special friend is none other than Louis Farrakhan. This is the same man who closed his recent speech at the annual Nation of Islam gathering with these words, “White folks are going down, and Satan is going down, and Farrakhan by God’s grace has pulled the cover off of the Satanic Jew – and I’m here to say, your time is up.”

            Are these the type of leaders that you want your children to follow? I do not think that you do. However, it gets worse. According to the above referenced article, the honorary co-chairs of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. are a bunch of radicals: Angela Davis (leader in the Communist Party USA during the 1960s), Dolores Huerta (radical socialist that is a big fan of Hugo Chavez), and Harry Belafonte (called Colin Powell a “house slave” and compared Powell and Condoleezza Rice to Jews working for Nazis). These people were directly involved in the march out of school, or they were associated with it.

            Many students – some with the help of their schools - found better ways to protest. One school in Utah encouraged its students to “walk up, not out” and show an act of kindness in an effort to do some healing and to help others to feel more included. This group of students used the hashtag #WalkUpNotOut to promote their idea. Instead of walking out of class, students were asked to reach out to their peers by sitting by someone who usually sits alone or approaching someone who may be having a bad day.

            These students used great wisdom in trying to prevent violence with student-to-student outreach. At least one of them knew this quote from Frederick Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” I hope that our future leaders come from this type of students rather than the ones who follow evil leaders and/or yield to peer pressure.

            Other schools had discussion groups where students could voice their concerns. At least one school handed out seventeen sticky notes to each student and asked them to write a nice note to each of seventeen other students. All of these students and/or school put a positive spin on the need for students to share their thoughts and feelings – and any one of the ideas was much better than simply walking out in protest!

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