On Wednesday, a nationwide movement hit Americas schools. As a reaction to the Feb. 14 Parkland, Fla., high school shooting that left 17 dead, among other, similar occurrences, American youth briefly exited their schools and walked in protest of a number of factors, chief among them the state of gun laws in the United States.
Some students walked home, some led their own organized marches in the streets, and the rest remained at school either as counter-protestors or simply as students who wished not to get involved.
Iola High School administration had a unique response to this issue: they decided to remove the political angle as well as all mention of guns and claim the purpose of the event was to promote school safety. While I found the effort to minimize conflict admirable, I was unswayed by it.