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A Walkout As An Act of Solidarity

A flyer made by Senior Marcella Maggio distributed during the Walkout at Xavier.

A flyer made by Senior Marcella Maggio distributed during the Walkout at Xavier. "We the people, DESERVE to be SAFE."

A flyer made by Senior Marcella Maggio distributed during the Walkout at Xavier. "We the people, DESERVE to be SAFE."

A flyer made by Senior Marcella Maggio distributed during the Walkout at Xavier. "We the people, DESERVE to be SAFE."

On Wednesday, March 14th, Xavier students walked out of class at 10 AM to stand in front of the concrete slab and pray for the lives lost in Florida. The students walked with respectful silence to listen to Father Jack begin with a prayer, leading a Catholic approach to the issue of “Gun Reform.” Students were only able to Walkout after seeking to cooperate with the Bishop’s Office in order to assure the office that Xavier’s Walkout was without confrontation or politics, and was centered in Catholic Social Justice teachings. The Walkout was a show of solidarity for all student victims of mass shootings on school campuses across the United States.

A committee of Xavier upperclassmen planned the Walkout. Included on the committee were Andrea Younes, Sam Veliz, Braxton Tinsley, Nadiya Abubo, Marni McDowell, Justin Wickstrand, and Marcella Maggio. In a total of 17 minutes they were able to create an empathetic atmosphere that aimed not to offend, but only touch on the reality that school safety is a serious issue. Speaking before the Walkout participants, Andrea Younes shared that “Regardless of political belief, every student has the right to feel safe in their own school, and that was what the Walkout was all about.” She was followed by Nadya Abubo who briefly spoke about the different emotions felt walking on a school campus today, knowing fear versus remembering as a child always feeling safe.

Looking past differing personal opinions as to whether guns are good or bad, there seemed to be a consensus that guns and gun ownership was not being attacked. Only the legal process to obtain guns and easy access to guns were in question. Exigency was expressed by the committee in a follow-up letter to Congressmen and women to voice the views of the Walkout participants. Justin Wickstrand and Sam Veliz were in charge of this process. Justin shared with The Examiner that “what’s in the letter is a legitimate request for legislation for reform and change within the system itself.” The letter is currently in progress but will be shared when it is finished.

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Hailey Dewegeli is a Junior, and loves to surf. Other interests include Cross Country, Soccer, and Track. She is president of CARE club--a passion for...

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