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Although similar efforts in other schools took a more political approach, Warner said DeKalb’s walkout at 10 a.m. was meant to foster a sense of community, promote tolerance and say enough is enough when it comes to school violence.
“Many believe this was a political stance, but I don’t think safety and kindness leans left or right,” Warner said.
Hundreds of DeKalb and Sycamore high school students left class as part of the walkout, with school administrators saying students would not face consequences if they chose to participate – or not to participate. Warner said some teachers and parents were not so supportive, calling the event “pointless.”
At both schools, students observed several minutes of silence for the victims of gun violence before returning to class.
Students also said their stance wasn’t meant as a political protest but a call for change within their own schools.
“To me, this [walkout] proves that everyone has a voice,” Warner said.