By Jana Julian | Staff Writer
This Wednesday, students throughout the UH system and local high school students will be participating in a national school walkout to protest the rampant gun violence in America.
The walkout will take place at UH Mānoa on Bachman Lawn, at 10 a.m., and last for 17 minutes. For weeks, students and local organizations have been coming together to plan for this event in a show of solidarity to victims of gun violence. The walkout is open to all students, staff and community members.
Jun Shin, a UH student, and organizer of this event said, “We’re trying to show what it feels like to have the absence of students in the classroom as representation of when the students face death because of guns. We’re trying to show what that absence looks like. It’s really a symbolic action, but in Hawai‘i, we’re trying to go further, and we’re having a rally so that we can draw attention to this issue … now that the kids in Florida have risen up, we’re rising up in solidarity with them. Enough is enough, and never again.”