On March 14, I helped orchestrate the walkout at Milton High School. 

Despite my creation and leadership in the “Students Against Gun Violence” group, the walkout was not political whatsoever. While at a national level it was originally intended to be a political event, I was willing to modify it in order to help garner respect for the group and comply with the school rules.

By working with Principal Brian Jones, we were able to cut out time from the bell schedule to allow for the 17-minute walkout, during which I gave a speech honoring the 17 lost lives. The turnout from the school was incredible. Admittedly, many students only walked out to skip homeroom; however, the amount of students who passed on kind words and showed their support regardless of their political beliefs truly shocked me. I was and still am very proud of how the Milton community is able to come together due to this tragedy and spend time honoring the victims.

I created Students Against Gun Violence (aka SAGV) following the Parkland shooting to motivate students into fighting for what they believe in. After the March 14 non-political walkout, my focus is now turned to a more political stance against gun violence and the legislative and local actions that can be taken to prevent further mass shootings.

–Smera Dhal, Junior, Milton High School

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