How To Handle National School Walkout Day As A Parent Of A Teenager

  • Wednesday, March 14 at 10am local time is National School Walkout Day. For at least 17 minutes (one minute for each person killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in FL) students are encouraged to walk out of school or hold some type of rally as a memorial and a protest action.
  • Like most things in life, this is a big deal to some students and some schools. And it is hardly noticed by some students and some schools.
  • Ask your teenager…Listen to your teenager…Find out if it is a big deal to them.
  • If it is a big deal to them, why is it a big deal?
    • Is it a way to honor the lives of those killed?
    • Is it about gun violence?
    • Is it a way to stand up against violence in general?
    • Is it a way for them to say they don’t feel safe in school?
    • Is it a way to show unity and link arms with their fellow students?
    • Is it about advocating for new gun laws?
    • Is it a way to grieve school shootings?
    • Is it a way to be heard?
    • Is it something they want to do because everyone else seems to care?
  • Don’t just assume you know how your student feels and why this is a big deal to them. Don’t assume they just want to get out of class or be disrespectful.
  • It’s ok if your kid has a different view of guns, gun laws, National School Walkout Day, protests, etc. than you do. Don’t damage your relationship with them over having different opinions.
  • Have respectful conversations with your teenager. Listen to them more than you talk to them.
  • Oh, if your teenager doesn’t really care about National School Walkout Day, that’s ok. Don’t try to force them to care about something.
  • If you live in the Atlanta area (where I live) and are curious how local school districts are handling this, click here to learn more.
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