National School Walkout held on 19th anniversary of Columbine High School shooting
GLEN ELLYN – Glenbard South High School senior Sam Hume said she wanted to stand together with the survivors and victims of mass shootings.
She was part of a small group of Glenbard South students who walked out of school April 20 as part of the National School Walkout, held on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting that killed 12 students and one teacher and wounded 23 other people.
The Glen Ellyn resident decided to walk out of school knowing she would receive detention. She is a member of the National Honor Society.
"We have to come in on Monday and serve a 20-minute detention and write a one-page essay on why we should still be in NHS so that it's not taken off our diploma at graduation," Hume said. "It's fine. That's nothing. This [protest] matters, but the punishment doesn't matter."
Peg Mannion, community relations coordinator for Glenbard Township High School District 87, said the district was following its regular schedule April 20, and students were expected to attend all of their classes.
"We will follow our handbook in response to any absences," she said in an email.
Students across the country have been demanding action on gun violence following the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people.