SGA planned a walkout to protest school violence and advocate love & compassion on March 14th, 2018.
The LHS walkout was unlike many that were held that day across the nation. Instead of being strictly about appealing to our government for stricter gun control laws, the SGA at Laurel promoted community-based solutions that are much deeper, aiming at how we as students treat our fellow students. As an SGA, we do not unanimously endorse the ideals of Women's March Youth Empower, the organizer of the national movement. We also understand that the school as a whole is not unified in this manner. We are unified, however, in our stance against violence and our call to kindness and compassion.
The Laurel High School, Enough Is Enough campaign took place outside the school, where all students came together and made it a memorable event. We spent approximately 20 minutes with students sharing their thoughts, and then returned to our respective classes.
In light of the mass killings in Florida (February, 2018), our Student Government Association launched a campaign during the week of March 12th, designed to not only speak against violence and hate but also to stand up for love and unity. We must understand the importance of implementing policies that promote safety in school, not only to prevent tragic events, but also to make everyday school life safe and enjoyable. We hope to bring awareness to social and physical abuse, like bullying or fighting, encouraging each other to instead choose kindness and compassion.
Monday - Poetry/Rap/Spoken Word contest (Cash prize!)
Tuesday - Expect some surprises from SGA!
Wednesday - Orange Day; SGA walkout
Thursday - Pay-It-Forward snacks before school and during lunch