Schools in Boston were closed for a second day Wednesday due to this week’s snowstorm, preventing local students from walking out of classes and taking part in a nationwide student-led protest in response to last month’s massacre of 17 people at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Undeterred by the snow and school closures, many students trudged through snow and freezing temperatures to take part in a national walkout to demand action to stop gun violence.
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) March 14, 2018
The students marched to the state house in Boston, many chanting, “We are here, and we want change.”
“Rain, sleet, or snow, WE GO ON! See you in Boston,” the advocacy group Students Against Gun Violence said in a tweet Tuesday, ahead of the protest.
If you do not have school tomorrow (March 14th), meet us in front of the statehouse at 11 am. SPREAD THE WORD! If you do have school, please do the walkout as planned! Rain, sleet, or snow, WE GO ON! See you in Boston. #walkoutwednesday #resist #neveragain #wecallbs #guncontrol
— Students Against Gun Violence (@StudentsAGVUSA) March 13, 2018
“We’re just really passionate about this issue,” Rachel Cosgrov, a junior at Waltham High School, which was closed Wednesday, told Patch. “A lot of people were talking about it, but we wanted to take action about it.”
Even a snow day won’t hold back students in #Massachusetts from standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their peers across the country. Your advocacy IS making a difference – keep going. #Enough #NeverAgain https://t.co/OXti3SeIG4
— Maura Healey (@maura_healey) March 14, 2018
“This movement is not dissuaded by a snowstorm,” said Charlotte Lowell, the student organizer of the Massachusetts walkout. “We’re hardy Massachusetts students, and we’ll brave the snow in order to speak out about what matters to us.”
Students in Portland, Maine, where schools were shut down on Wednesday, rallied downtown instead, calling for gun control during an impromptu protest in the snow.
“You can’t tell yourself you can’t change anything when everyone knows you can,” said Hannah Smart, a seventh-grade student at Portland’s King Middle School, addressing lawmakers in remarks reported by Portland Press Herald. “Every day you make excuses. Your apology won’t cut it. Actions speak louder than words.”