This week schools across the nation participated in a mass protest against guns by staging a “walkout.” The majority of them were peaceful, however students in the Nashville-area clearly demonstrated they didn’t understand the point of this anti-violence demonstration.
The Antioch High School students staged their walk out 10:00 EST, as the majority of the participants did nation wide, however these students set themselves apart from the other schools by starting massive fights inside and outside the high school.
To prove this walk out was meaningless-chaos even further, a handful of Antioch High students pulled down the American flag.
Videos depicting this incident were posted by students from the school. However, they have been pulled from Facebook.
Via the Daily Wire: One student got comprehensive footage of what happened both inside and outside of the school.
The school was, thankfully, quick to respond to the students’ antics, pointing out that the school district placed clear restrictions on the initial protest — requesting students remain calm and stay on school grounds — and noting that these students took advantage of the trust and respect they’d been given by administrators.
A parent speaking to local media stated, “What this was supposed to be is a memorial to the 17 kids who lost their lives in Parkland and I just can’t believe those 17 kids, if they could look at the situation today an Antioch High School, that they would be okay with violent behavior.”
The parent continued, “I love this school and I support Antioch High School, and there are a lot of great things that happen here, but it is unfortunate when bad stuff happens here that it hits the news and they have a bad reputation.”
On Thursday the school district made a public statement and was very critical of the students’ behavior:
At MNPS, we respect the right of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them. Unfortunately, some students on our Antioch campus today chose to protest in ways that significantly disrupted school operations and threatened the safety and order for other students and staff within our school. Swift action was taken by school security and MNPD to address the situation. No students or staff members were injured during the walkout.
The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Inappropriate behaviors that threaten school safety will be handled immediately and firmly in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and MNPD.
We understand that our students may be feeling lots of emotions, including anxiety, fear and even anger about today’s events. We encourage parents to talk to your child(ren) about how they may be feeling, and the importance of expressing themselves in appropriate ways while at school. MNPS also has counselors available and ready to talk to students at any time. We look forward to welcoming students back tomorrow for a great day of teaching and learning.
In a show of support for their school and respect for their country, a group of Antioch High School students gathered at the flag Thursday morning. They raised the flag torn down on Wednesday while the band played the national anthem.
BREAKING: Antioch H.S. students put flags back up that were taken down when yesterday’s #NationalWalkOutDay protest turned violent.
They held a peaceful protest this morning with the band playing the national anthem pic.twitter.com/AcGECHfyVb
— Kim St. Onge (@KimWSMV) March 15, 2018