Bay Area high schoolers walk out over gun violence / March 14, 2018
ICA Cristo Rey students, faculty and staff joined together to participate in the March 14 National School Walk-Out for Gun Control. We gathered in the auditorium at 9:50 a.m. to review logistics and then students and adults walked out at 10:00 a.m. to line the sidewalks on either side of Guerrero Street between 24th and 25th Streets. Students, faculty and staff held up signs urging action on gun control legislation and our community surely made an impact: in the 17 minutes we were outside, dozens and dozens of cars passed by, honking and waving in support and many pedestrians offered their support as well. Students were clearly empowered by this reaction and we all returned to the auditorium feeling like our voices had been "heard." We concluded our observance with a prayer service which included reading names and ages of the Parkland victims; all remained in reflective silence for the final few minutes of our gathering. Social Studies Department Chair Lauren Nazario offered to collect and hold posters and signs for students who are planning to join in to rallies on Saturday, March 24. Ms. Nazario is also assisting students with early voter registration: students can register when they are 16 and 17 and their registration will be in place when they turn 18. We are emphasizing that an educated electorate is essential in our democratic system. This was a powerful day of community.
Lisa Graham, Principal
San Jose Mercury News
High schoolers throughout the Bay Area joined a nation-wide walkout from class for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. Wednesday in a statement against gun violence a month after a former student fatally shot 17 classmates and staff at a Parkland, Florida high school.