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End Gun Violence in Our Schools Toolkit

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed and 14 more were taken to hospitals, making it one of the world’s deadliest school massacres. Since the shooting, student survivors have emerged as America’s most powerful advocates for reforming gun-control laws. They have been speaking at rallies, confronting state legislators in Florida’s capital, and spurring students at high schools across the country to walk out in a show of solidarity. A nationwide march on Washington, DC, is scheduled for March 24, along with National School Walkout Day, a coordinated protest on March 14. Here are some resources to help your chapter stand in solidarity with the victims of school shootings around the U.S.

General Resources

Important News Articles

Recommended Action Ideas

Make sure your school and local press covers each event!

  • Hold a die-in vigil or unity circle with signs with facts, bios of victims, dates of massacres, etc.
  • Designate a moment of silence each week for different massacres.
  • Create paper chain links with victims’ names on each link and put up chains around campus.
  • Wear all orange (color for movement) to show solidarity.
  • Put victims’ names or photo on your backpack.
  • Classroom or assembly presentations about gun violence.
  • Walk-Out on same day at same time across all time zones for a designated amount of time : 17 minutes for 17 students killed in Parkland, FL
    10am ET, 10amCT, 10amMT, 10amPT

    • Students can walk outside of their school or walk out the classroom into a hallway.
    • Host sign-making get-togethers for the walk-out.
    • If you can’t participate in the walkout, join the California PTA and call federal legislators on March 14
  • Write letters to/call/email Congress urging them to take action to keep schools safe.
  • Get your relatives to sign the Parents Promise To Kids Contract
  • Register to vote!
  • Other ideas?

Inspiring Videos

Palisades Charter HS walkout – 5:58

Parkland students visit The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – 15:07

Parkland student Sarah Chadwick is clapping back at the NRA with this incredible video – 2:09

Emma Gonzalez, senior – 11:40

David Hogg, senior – 0:39

President Trump Meets with Survivors of Columbine, Sandy Hook and Stoneman Douglas School Shootings – 1:10:20

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