Chapel Hill and Carrboro students are joining students, teachers and school administrators across the country in a national school walk-out to protest gun violence in schools on March 14.
Each town held meetings last week in which they passed resolutions supporting the students, voicing praise for their activism.
Carrboro Alderwoman Jacquelyn Gist co-wrote the resolution which was read by students to the board.
“Our students are organizing without us,” said Gist. “Indeed, the first meeting I went to I said, ‘we’ve been working on this for 30 years; we haven’t accomplished anything; it’s your turn, and we’re here just to support you.’”
Chapel Hill Town Council member Donna Bell also praised students’ leadership in the face of such a divisive issue.
“I don’t think that we can praise our students enough for coming forward and voicing their concerns and holding their leadership to the fire,” said Bell. “Let this be an early skill and a skill that you use whenever you feel that there is something unjust.”
Students will be wearing orange in solidarity with Moms Demand Action, a non-partisan group created to demand action from legislators to establish common-sense gun reform, and will read the names of the 17 victims of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month. They will also be making a banner to send to the students.
The walk out will take place at 10 A.M.