FRAMINGHAM – About 500 students from Cameron Middle School participated in a student-led walkout this morning, March 15.
A national school walkout was scheduled on March 14 to protest gun violence and to mark the one-month anniversary, since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.But in Framingham the Cameron walkout was delayed a day due to a snowstorm.
Framingham High students have re-scheduled their walk out to March 21.
The Cameron Middle walkout was planned by grade 8 students Lily Rubin, Emma Rothwell, Martine Schwan, and Dianna Silva, with assistance from 8th grade English teacher Shara Sarinelli.
“Approximately 500 students walked out of school at 10 a.m,” said Principal Michelle Melick.
“The students and staff walked around Cameron middle School in silence from 10:00- 10:17 am. The students then returned to homeroom to process the event,” said Melick.
Cameron 8th grader and student organizer Rubin said: “the walk to support Parkland was very powerful and meaningful.”
She liked how they read one name every minute for 17 minutes to represent the 17 lives lost.
“I was impressed by the leadership shown at Cameron Middle School in many different ways: by the students who initiated the desire to participate in the Walkout, by those students who walked in silence for 17 minutes, and by those who, for their own reason, opted not to participate in the Walkout and remain in their classroom,” said Melick.
Photos by Karen Dauer, Cameron Middle School