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Here’s Why We Didn’t Walk Out of School Yesterday

A brother and sister from suburban Philadelphia explain why the national school walkout wasn’t for them.

Garnet Valley High School students Clayton and Emma Bromley.

On Wednesday morning, many thousands of students in the Philadelphia area left their classrooms and marched outside as part of a national school walkout organized after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla. At Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, for example, students formed a giant heart in the middle of the school’s football stadium. But not all of the students at Garnet Valley High School joined the walkout.

 

Siblings Clayton and Emma Bromley say they were part of a small group of students who opted out of Wednesday’s walkout at the school, which was featured on the national news.

“What happened in Florida is terrible,” says Clayton, a 16-year-old Garnet Valley sophomore and a highly decorated Eagle Scout. “If this were about that, I would have participated, but that’s not what this is about. This was entirely political. In the original email from the school, it said this was being planned by the Women’s March, which protested Trump’s inauguration. I realized this was political and all about gun control.”

Clayton says that his peers who marched claimed that the event was nonpolitical — and that was certainly the party line being held by the national organizers — but Clayton rejects that idea.

“Just because they say it’s nonpolitical doesn’t mean it is,” he says. “What if Trump says he wanted to host a walkout in honor of all the babies aborted, the millions of them? A completely optional walkout. You wouldn’t be forced to do it. The reaction to that would be completely different than to this walkout.”

Clayton also wonders why the country is busy organizing national school walkouts over school shootings when there are so many other deadly problems facing children.

“There were 17 people killed,” he says of the Parkland shooting. “And 232 since Columbine. 232. That’s horrible. But how many hundreds of thousands of kids have died from other things like suicide and drunk driving? Why are these 17 kids more important than everyone else? And the answer is, they are only important because guns are involved. As soon as guns are involved, people take action.”

As part of the Garnet Valley walkout, most of the students had agreed to wear white to school, but Clayton decided to wear red, white, and blue. He says that early in the day, somebody asked him why he wasn’t wearing white and got angry with him when he explained he wasn’t taking part.

“They started yelling at me,” he says. “They singled me out. They made me look like a bad person. That’s exactly what the Women’s March wants. They bullied me.”

It is precisely this potential for bullying that had Clayton’s sister, Emma, worried in the days leading up to the walkout. (The siblings’ parents, both attorneys, sat in on and consented to the interviews with Philadelphia magazine; their father, Wendell Craig Williams, is a former Republican congressional candidate who was defeated by Joe Sestak in 2008.)

Emma, a 17-year-old senior who is starting Vanderbilt in the fall, was so concerned about what might happen to her on Wednesday if word got out that she wasn’t walking out with everybody else that she made arrangements with a likeminded teacher to quietly slip away unnoticed.

“I would have been immediately ostracized,” says Emma, who, like her brother, declined to participate in the walkout because of the political rhetoric surrounding the event. “They were marketing this as an event for the kids at Parkland, but it was political, and social pressure made it seem that if we didn’t participate, we’d be deemed heartless people, that we didn’t care. So we could joing and support anti-gun regulations, or sit out and be heartless. It was an unfair decision given to us to make.”

When the time came and all of her classmates stood up and walked out of the room, she did the same, but then made her way into a different wing of the school, while her brother remained in math class with his teacher and one other student. “I sought shelter with a teacher, so I was able to avoid attention.”

At first, Emma declined to speak on the record about the walkout, fearing reprisals for her noncompliance.

“But it’s my responsibility to inform people that just because I don’t participate in the walkout doesn’t mean I’m a horrible person,” she says of her change of heart. “I thought about my opinions and why I decided not to walk out, and I’ll stick by and be proud of it. Anybody who doesn’t support my decision is not a true friend. Their opinions don’t matter.”

But Emma and her brother don’t agree on everything. Clayton says he believes that had a teacher been trained properly and armed in Parkland, fewer kids might have died. We asked Emma what she thought of putting a gun in a teacher’s hand.

“That’s a bad idea,” she insists. “I’m familiar with firearms. I have experience with them. But there are a lot of people who are not well-educated about firearms, and it can be extremely dangerous to have guns accessible to them, like with kids in a classroom. And some teachers aren’t entirely sane, either. I’ve met plenty of teachers who shouldn’t be armed. Ever.”


 There isn't enough level headed students like Clayton and
Emma Bromley to think about the situation before non
productive pointless actions are heated up.
It also takes courage to not fall in line with the mice especially
when pushed by hateful adults with an agenda-- 
RiverDance posted:
 There isn't enough level headed students like Clayton and
Emma Bromley to think about the situation before non
productive pointless actions are heated up.
It also takes courage to not fall in line with the mice especially
when pushed by hateful adults with an agenda-- 

Goes along with this discussion:

http://tnvalleytalks.hoop.la/t...the-school-shootings

And this one:

http://tnvalleytalks.hoop.la/t...3#577211663064476333

giftedamateur posted:
RiverDance posted:
 There isn't enough level headed students like Clayton and
Emma Bromley to think about the situation before non
productive pointless actions are heated up.
It also takes courage to not fall in line with the mice especially
when pushed by hateful adults with an agenda-- 

Goes along with this discussion:

http://tnvalleytalks.hoop.la/t...the-school-shootings

And this one:

http://tnvalleytalks.hoop.la/t...3#577211663064476333

http://amp.kentucky.com/news/n...rticle205385109.html

Ohio student suspended for staying in class during walkouts.

Ohio high school student says he tried to remain nonpolitical during school walkouts over gun violence and was suspended for a day because he stayed in a classroom instead of joining protests or the alternative, a study hall.

Hilliard senior Jacob Shoemaker says school isn't the place for politics, and he wasn't taking sides Wednesday.

The district says it's responsible for students' safety and they can't be unsupervised.

Jacob's citation for not following instructions was shared online by a friend, prompting a flood of messages to his father. 

Scott Shoemaker says some people thought his son was suspended for walking out, and angry comments accumulated, including some that mistook Scott for the principal. He says he also got a couple death threats and had to consider switching phone numbers.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/...-20180316-story.html

Uh, GA, he really didn't stay in class. There was no class. Students who didn't wish to participate in the walk-out were sent to study hall. This little dude didn't do as he was told and was essentially in gross violation of school policy, so he was suspended.

BTW, how do you stay "neutral" on wanting more gun control. You either want it or you don't. It's not like it's some mayor's race in North Dakota, now is it?

I wonder how the gun grabbers intended to kill him?

"Scott Shoemaker says some people thought his son was suspended for walking out, and angry comments accumulated, including some that mistook Scott for the principal. He says he also got a couple death threats and had to consider switching phone numbers".

giftedamateur posted:

I wonder how the gun grabbers intended to kill him?

"Scott Shoemaker says some people thought his son was suspended for walking out, and angry comments accumulated, including some that mistook Scott for the principal. He says he also got a couple death threats and had to consider switching phone numbers".

Stormy Daniels says she got threats, from the Whitehouse? Are you outraged?

Stormy Daniels never got death threats, fake news, I wish I had a
dollar for every liberal fake news story. Lets see, it's the middle of
march, a good time to plan a fall Argentina vaca, where all the happy
losers go to whine away the winter
Kraven posted:
Stormy Daniels never got death threats, fake news, I wish I had a
dollar for every liberal fake news story. Lets see, it's the middle of
march, a good time to plan a fall Argentina vaca, where all the happy
losers go to whine away the winter

Need I ask? One of the retreaded, tattletale, two stooges trying to deflect?

giftedamateur posted:
Kraven posted:
Stormy Daniels never got death threats, fake news, I wish I had a
dollar for every liberal fake news story. Lets see, it's the middle of
march, a good time to plan a fall Argentina vaca, where all the happy
losers go to whine away the winter

Need I ask? One of the retreaded, tattletale, two stooges trying to deflect?

Hahahahahahaha!

Deflecting from a topic involving the three idiots of the forums would be impossible. Nobody has a clue what you three are even talking about or where to begin.

giftedamateur posted:
Kraven posted:
Stormy Daniels never got death threats, fake news, I wish I had a
dollar for every liberal fake news story. Lets see, it's the middle of
march, a good time to plan a fall Argentina vaca, where all the happy
losers go to whine away the winter

Need I ask? One of the retreaded, tattletale, two stooges trying to deflect?

Retreaded? Sorta like the Colbert County woman with two previous IDs on here?

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