Student Leaves Class for Gun Control Walkout, Finds Himself Alone

Student Leaves Class for Gun Control Walkout, Finds Himself Alone”

"But then in first period, my teacher said he doesn't think that I should go out he thinks I should write a letter it would be more powerful but I guess the video was more powerful".

Teenagers from Washington area schools gathered outside the White House, holding up signs reading "Books Not Bullets" and "Protect People Not Guns" before marching on the US Capitol. But when Blackman got outside of his school, he realized he was the only one participating.

"Hello Twitter, there's going to be like six people watching this, hopefully", the 16-year-old said.

"They were in the class and they stopped class for 17 minutes", he said.

- Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 14, 2018I'm right next to you. The walkout lasted 17 minutes, to remember the 17 victims of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School last month. "No one here, but me", he tells the camera.

Justin Blackman was alone in his protest of gun violence among hundreds of students at his North Carolina high school.

"She was telling me about how she really liked what I did".

His mother, Megan Blackman, told CNN she wasn't surprised by her son's actions. "They had fun. They were, it's just sad how they were losing their life before they went into adulthood".

Some of Justin's classmates said they wanted to participate, but were afraid they would get in trouble. He was even thanked by a survivor of the Sandy Hook school shooting and praised by Wrinkle in Time director Ava Duvernay. "I'm young and I have a voice".

"We teach our students to be independent thinkers", said Wilson Preparatory Academy public relations person Janet Conner-Knox Wilson.

"We are always looking and focused on our students being independent thinker, and that's what that scholar is".

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