A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


A Student Publication of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA


Memorials and Movements


Throughout the country on March 14, students, teachers and administrators were encouraged to walk out of their classes at 10:00 a.m. in remembrance of the 17 lives lost in the Parkland Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. The walkouts were organized through the Women’s March network and called for legislation to limit the accessibility to guns and decrease mass shootings.

Throughout eastern Los Angeles County, many high school students participated in walkouts and moments of silence on their school campus. However, many of the campuses would not let the public onto their campus leaving protestors standing outside as well.

Walnut High School

Students participate in the national walkout in remembrance of the parkland shooting. Photo by Zea Huizar/SAC Media

At Walnut High School, the principal’s secretary, Monique Estrada, said that the school was not participating in the walkout or encouraging students to partake in the walkout. Rather the school recognizes the students’ rights to participate and set aside a safe space to allow them to express themselves.

Covina High School

Students of Covina High School participate in the walkout event in memory of the victims of the Parkland Shooting. Photo courtesy of Covina High School.

At Covina High School, students participated in a walk around the school’s track and held a moment of silence. While the public was not allowed on campus, Covina’s Mayor Jorge Marquez took part in the event and live streamed it on Facebook.

In the school’s press release of the walkout quotes from students were shared with the public.

“Today we stand together, united, in arm and arm. Together we can make a difference. We can change the pattern of negativity by conveying love, respect and kindness. Together we believe in hope, we believe in love, we believe in change. Let’s be kind, let’s be hopeful, let’s be the change we want to see!”

Diamond Bar High School

Diamond Bar High School students participate in the national walkout to end school shootings. Photo by Brett Hernandez/SAC Media.

Diamond Bar High School had students gathered outside the gymnasium building at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes of silence for those who died in the shooting in Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Standing in front of the school gates were the Principal and school official who did not want to comment on the student walkout. However, the administration said they neither encouraged or discouraged the students who wanted to participate in the event. Diamond Bar High School is a closed campus so during the moment of silence there were no visitors or reporters allowed. However, Patrick Ngo, a Diamond Bar resident and father of two students -a Diamond Bar High School student who is in his second year and an incoming freshman- stood in front of the gates to pick up his son and told reporters he supports the students in whatever makes them feel comfortable. He also made a statement on what he would say to Donald Trump: “Protect our future.” Although there has been panic and worry around the nation regarding gun control and safety, Ngo said, “Believe me, everyone over here is safe.”

A protestor across the street shows support for students participating in the walkout at Diamond Bar High School. Photo by Brett Hernandez/SAC Media.

On the corner of Fern Hollow and Brea Canyon Road were four protesters, two of which are teachers and the other two, local residents. One of the male residents, who only gave his first name as Gary, said he was at the Community United Church of Christ from 7-9:30 a.m. because the church gave out signs to the public to go out and protest. He said he was disappointed with the turnout of only four protesters. According to Gary, the other male resident did not want to comment because he works for a company that makes gun safes.

“There is no practical reason to have semi-automatics or automatics if you are not going to hunt with them.” Gary had words for Donald Trump.”I do not know if I would have enough discipline to keep myself from spitting on him or kicking him in the balls.”

After the 17 minutes of silence, students went back into their classrooms and the teachers left to go back to class.

Ontario High School

At Ontario High School the Associated Student Body organized a “walk-up” campaign, encouraging students to talk to 14 students and three teachers and administrators in memory of the Parkland shooting victims. However, the public was also not allowed on campus during the event.

Don Antonio Lugo High School

At Don Antonio Lugo students were allowed to walk out onto campus while any students who walked off of campus would risk being truant and juniors and seniors would risk losing prom and other privileges.

Update: March 20, 5:40 p.m.

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