School walkout accomplishes nothing

On March 8 you published an article about the walkout at West Liberty-Salem. We all want safe schools, but not everyone is for the National School Walkout on March 14. It is a bad idea. Here’s why:

1. Putting all the students outside, in a group, at a publicly announced date & time, where someone can shoot at them without even having to worry about gaining entrance to the school is a huge safety risk. Protesting unsafe schools by putting the students at further risk seems rather ironic to me.

2. What will this accomplish? It will give the students the opportunity to make a statement, but how is this any more effective than the congressional tweets they are supposed to be protesting? They also want to raise awareness but I believe the WLS community is already more aware than most.

3. They want more laws, but laws only tell what is expected and allow punishment AFTER the crime. It’s the threat of punishment that serves as the deterrent. No law, no matter how it is written, will stop a gunman from obtaining a gun illegally and entering a school with it. And NO punishment will serve as a deterrent to someone who is suicidal.

4. This walkout has been set for 17 minutes to honor the 17 people who lost their lives in the Florida shooting but there are much better ways to honor them such as charitable contributions or acts of service.

5. This walkout will not make safer schools. Do something that will! Find out what your school needs and then HELP with that.

Do something positive, not negative!

Lori Marr