From Brooklyn to the Bronx, students left their classrooms Friday to protest gun violence in demonstrations that were smaller but no less than passionate than last month’s massive walkout.
This time around, school officials weren’t giving a free pass to students for skipping school to protest — the Department of Education said there could be repercussions and Chancellor Richard Carranza urged students to stay in class because “you don’t have to be out of school all day to make your voices known. You’ve already made your voices known.”
According to the Department of Education, attendance on Friday was 89.89 percent, down just slightly from Thursday’s attendance of 91.36 percent. But that number might not account for students who briefly left school to attend protests after the school day started.
The walkout was designed to protest gun violence and planned for the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.
Many of the demonstrators gathered in Washington Square Park for a “die-in.” But other students stayed close to home, such as the School for Global Leaders on the Lower East Side. Here are some photos and videos shared on Twitter that give a sense of the walkout’s scope in New York.
Students from across NYC are walking out if school to join in a demonstration at Washington Square Park that’s entirely student organized. pic.twitter.com/QZvFi2Yqro
— Beenish Ahmed (@beenishfahmed) April 20, 2018
These young people give me great hope! At the #NationalSchooWalkout to protest gun violence at Washington Square Park, NYC@MomsDemand @shannonrwatts @AMarch4OurLives @GiffordsCourage @Everytown pic.twitter.com/QDmjl6LVDN
— Senator Brad Hoylman (@bradhoylman) April 20, 2018
Student Protest: Washington Square Park pic.twitter.com/d9qL6P12mt
— Front Facing (@BFScientist) April 20, 2018
Brittani Broderick, senior at High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan at National walkout in NYC pic.twitter.com/HcX2sAwZRd
— Steven D’Souza (@cbcsteve) April 20, 2018
— Theodore Donald “Donny” Kerabatsos (@Papakila) April 20, 2018
On the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine, students from St. Joseph HS walkout in downtown Brooklyn calling for gun control and school safety. pic.twitter.com/mxkvzru00L
— Missy Enaje (@melissamissye) April 20, 2018
Nov 2017 SGL students did an IPW project advocating for changes that would end gun violence in schools. Months later more were dead. We wrote to govt officials then and share them again today. We will never stop caring and calling for change. #enough #NationalSchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/7xtFmGtdX0
— Global Leaders M378 (@SGL378) April 20, 2018