of the Sentinel Konah
On the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, exactly a week after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, students at Hellgate, Sentinel and Big Sky walked out of their schools in protest. A planned peaceful protest consisted of students from Sentinel and Hellgate marching to the Higgins Bridge, and Big Sky students walking to Reserve Street.
Students marched to protest the easy accessibility to firearms, as well as to raise awareness for students killed in Florida and the other school shootings that have happened so far in 2018 alone.
Parents of students involved in the walkouts were notified of their absences per the Missoula County Public school policy. A fire alarm was pulled at Hellgate, which many believe was the signal for students to begin the protest. The pulling of the fire alarm is being investigated. If someone is found responsible, they will be charged with a misdemeanor.
With an average of three school shootings a week in the first two months of 2018 alone, many high school students feel the need to act. The social media movement #EnoughisEnough started by the survivors at Marjory Stoneman
Douglas has gained national media coverage. This is a movement to convince other teens to talk to their representatives and take action on something relevant to them and their personal safety