Today, students across the country walked out of their schools at 10 a.m. local time to protest gun control. The nationwide demonstrations took place exactly a month after Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 people and injured more. The walkouts are a declarative statement that more needs to be done to impede mass shootings in schools. At New Jersey’s Sayreville War Memorial High School only one student made it out the doors: Sophomore Rosa Rodriguez.
— glenn schuck (@glennschuck) March 14, 2018
In a video shared by reporter Glenn Schuck on Twitter, footage shows Rosa standing outside on her own. The school’s administrators reportedly threatened to suspend any student who walked out. For the teen, the consequences didn’t matter because the issue can no longer be overlooked, she told reporters.
Rosa Rodriguez is one of the only students who walked outside her school in #Sayreville, NJ today saying she doesn’t care if she’s suspended…this issue is too important #walkout pic.twitter.com/i83MNnF3Fg
— Tamara Gitt (@tamaragitt) March 14, 2018
Though Rosa is the only one who walked out, it’s not because her classmates are less socially aware. According to one Twitter user, officials stopped other students from heading outside and instead shuffled them into an auditorium.
— No1ofConsequence (@MoJohn8510) March 14, 2018
March 15 at 10:25 a.m.: More students from the school say they walked out.
She’s not the only one. There were 10 other students behind the school including me.
— Sierrahatesit (@sierrahatesit) March 14, 2018