Blogger's Note: The following is an essay written by Boyertown Area High School student Abigail Slater. She was required to write an essay about "what she did wrong" while she served her one-day in-school in-school suspension for walking out of school on March 14 as part of the National Walk Out Day. If you would like to submit a guest post to this blog, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
On March 14th, 2018, I, Abigail Slater, walked out of the building in protest of gun violence and security in schools.
This was an act of civil disobedience and I am proud to say I was part of this movement. I feel ashamed to be part of a school that punishes students for protesting, but it helped me in the long run.
After receiving my suspension, I interviewed with the newspaper. Not only was I able to get more attention to the cause, but since I received a punishment it got people’s attention.
The actions taken by the school against the students’ protest has sent a wave of anger and tension throughout the student body. I am optimistic that this will spark a movement towards change.
I would like to see more people walk out and protest.
Rosa Parks said, “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”
The school tried to scare us by implementing punishments on students who walked out. For most students, the fear of being punished caused them to be silent.
I am not fearful of punishment. I am fearful of being silenced.
There are many of different types of people in this school, we usually just talk to people who are the most similar to ourselves.
Yesterday, I walked out with people who I usually wouldn’t talk to otherwise. It shows a common goal.
The walk out symbolized the unity of the student body. We all don’t talk to each other but when we all want change we come together.
This school is supposed to be about preparing us for our futures, but when we want to spark change to shape our futures, we are punished.
I hope this event proves to be a catalyst that triggers students to take a stand against authority to do what they believe is right.
I am proud of myself and the others who walked with me. I will encourage others to join me next time.
Our voices will be heard. We are the future.