New Tech students host 'walk-in'

Following the Florida shooting, New Tech students looked for a way to make a difference at school and honor the 17 lives lost in Parkland.

Posted: Mar 14, 2018 5:53 PM
Updated: Mar 15, 2018 8:59 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- While students across the country decided to walk out, some students at New Tech Academy decided to walk in. They answered the question, "What's your 17?"

"I pledged to call 17 lawmakers and voice my opinion about the gun control laws."

"I pledge to make 17 new people laugh every day."

These promises were made by high school students. Following the Florida shooting, they looked for a way to make a difference at school and honor the 17 lives lost in Parkland.

"I don't know what it was about this one. It just really stood out to me and I felt like enough is enough and something needs to change," said Esa Rhodes, a New Tech Sophomore.

For Rhodes, the walk-in wasn't an alternative to walking out, it was an added way to take a stand.

"I'm not against the walk-out exactly, I just feel like this is a little bit more efficient, so that's why I chose to do this instead," Rhodes said.

For others, it was about accepting everyone at New Tech.

"That's probably one of my biggest passions is to encourage people to be themselves no matter what," said Madyson Foreman, a New Tech Junior.

The director of the school, Emily Oberlin, said seeing students come together to organize the event was a proud moment for her.

"It does promote political activism and it also just encourages our kids to step up and have a voice... make a pledge, make a difference," Oberlin said.

The project was a passed on to other Fort Wayne schools that made pledges of their own.

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