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Students Practice Their Freedom of Speech

Q&A with Elissa Teles '18


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Warhorse: What inspired you to organize the walkout?
“When I heard the news, I was more than upset. My heart was broken and I felt so angry that I knew I wanted to do something, provoke discussion at the least. But then I saw some social media posts advertising walkouts in other school districts and felt very inclined to participate.”

 

 

Jordan Klebenow ’18 and Sofia Bara ’18 voice their opinions on the matter by using the gun violence hashtag, #enough.
Photo courtesy of Alex Leo ’18

Elissa Teles ’18 honors the victims while reiterating the “unjust, heinous nature of their deaths” along with Gabby Reynolds ’18 and James Joyce ’18.
Photo courtesy of Alex Leo ’18

Warhorse: How did students react to the walkout?
“Generally I think that everyone (both who participated in the walkout and those who did not) was very respectful. During the demonstration, participants were quiet which gave me and the other speakers the feeling that they wanted to hear what we had to say. Those who chose to stay inside did so humbly and I’m very appreciative of that. I think everyone recognizes that the topic of school shootings is tremendously personal after the Sandy Hook Massacre, therefore it’s important to maintain decency when expressing one’s opinions.”
“I think our message reached many students and teachers. Our goal was to provoke careful thought and I’m confident that we achieved that.”

From left to right: Claire DiMarco ’18, Olivia Katz ’18, Holly Debarger ’18, Elisabeth Katz ’20, Jamie Vacca ’20.
Photo courtesy of Claudia Thompson ’18

Students walk around the track for 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims from Parkland, Florida.
Photo courtesy of Claudia Thompson ’18

Warhorse: Your thoughts overall on the walkout?
“The positive outcome demonstrates what it means to be an upstander, and I’m proud I go to a school where that’s valued over apathy.”

WHS Students protest in New York City.

Maddie Clough ’21 joined the march in New York City to oppose gun violence on Wednesday, March 14th.
Photos courtesy of Mara Dalrymple ‘21

 

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