Students to participate in national walk out

Jessica Vandermaas, Staff Writer

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   On Mar. 14, students all over the U.S. are participating in a national movement known as “Never Again” in opposition of not only the recent school shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida, but all of the massacres that have killed students in the past.

  Lakeview Juniors, Erica Beckstrom and Megan Dembrowski, are participating in the movement by organizing the “You Matter” movement.

  Two weeks ago, after news broke out on Feb. 14, Beckstrom, inspired and empowered by Parkland students like Emma Gonzalez, reached out to friend Dembrowski, who was vocal on social media about her “devastation and anger” after Florida. From there, the duo teamed up to team up and take their part in the national movement. After a meeting with Principal Scott Kapla, the girls got approval and support from administration and teachers. They then went public with their Lakeview-styled approach to the national organization through platforms on social media.. Their twitter and instagram, @lhsyoumatter, were launched.

  The pair has arranged that Wednesday, Mar. 14, after school, a month following the Douglas massacre in Florida, students will gather on the Lakeview football field for 17 minutes, and hopefully longer, to stand with the rest of the nations students who are hoping to bring about awareness by legislation.

  “It’s not a protest,” Dembrowski emphasized, “but you can’t make noise without disturbance.”

  Beckstrom shared why they were moved to take action.

  “I think that, because we’re the same age as those students and also in high school, it’s more relevant to us,” she elaborated, “We feel that same fear.”

  In response to the movement, many other students have questioned why Lakeview isn’t joining the rest of the nation at 10:00 am to walk out.

  Dembrowski stated, “We wouldn’t have been able to get support from the administration. Their worry was that they couldn’t be liable to keep us safe- it’s still on school property.”

  Because Beckstrom and Dembrowski wanted to recieve participation from Lakeview staff as well, the two opted to unify after school.

  Dembrowski and Beckstrom’s goal is to bring about change and awareness, as well as it is to stand in honor and solidarity of the students impacted by Florida. They’ve also requested that gatherers wear orange, the same color that the rest of the nation will be wearing to symbolize those lives lost.

  It was added that Dembroski visited Representative Sandy Levin and Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office to share the news of the movement with their staff. There was also word of state officials and potential press being present to help bring attention to the campaign.

  They’ve highlighted the movement is not for what you want changed, it’s simply that you want something changed. Gather and unite to bring awareness to the absence of change, despite whatever you feel needs to be changed- even if you don’t agree with others.

  “Whether it’s for teachers being armed or gun control- that’s still change.” Beckstrom supported.

  “We’re trying to include everyone, despite their political views- we want to be inclusive,” Dembrowski also shared.

   A focal point of Beckstrom and Dembrowski is that the subject is not divided by political views. They want anyone to join the movement for whatever issue they feel needs improved upon in legislation.

  “In today’s political climate, you’re either republican or democrat, and you don’t ever cross the isle. Nothing is ever going to get done that way so this bipartisan call for action is saying that everyone’s uniting in solidary and saying something has to happen,” Dembrowski stated, “It’s about respecting each other’s opinions,” Dembrowski followed.

  The only common ground that Beckstrom feels that everyone should be able to agree on, is that “People need to stop dying”.

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