Students across Hawaii will walk out of class Wednesday on the one-month anniversary of the mass school shooting in Florida.
It’s a call for stricter gun laws, and a cry to keep students safe.
Students at Farrington High School spent hours facilitating the student-led movement. Student leaders spent hours creating orange ribbons and posters in preparation for Wednesday’s walkout.
The walkout will last 17 minutes, one minute for each victim in last month’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Though it happened 5,000 miles away, students say distance doesn’t matter.
“They’re our peers. Even if we don’t know them, they’re high schoolers,” said senior Marie Alegre.
“I want people to know this walkout would symbolize the students taking their future into their own hands,” said student body president Franchesca Amor Aguilar.
This was their response to the several mass shootings that have happened since starting high school:
“It’s scary, honestly, but it’s the reality of things. This is preparing me more for reality,” said Aguilar.
“It gets like that. Like, oh, it’s another shooting. It’s kind of like surreal sometimes. It happens so frequently that we’re just so numb to it already,” added Alegre.
The walkout is a way for students to voice their desire for less violence, and safer schools.
Thousands are expected to congregate on Farrington’s front lawn at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
“It’s all student led. We’re going to have student emcees, leis and balloons for the 17 who have fallen,” said Aguilar.
The Hawaii Department of Education is supporting the statewide walkout.
“They aren’t doing anything beyond the lines of what’s constitutionally right for them. I watched it evolve from something small to something large, and them realizing they’re a part of something bigger than them,” said student activities coordinator Theresa Shubert.