Students at hundreds of schools across America walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to protest the violence committed every day against babies in the womb.
The event originated with Sacramento, California high school student Brandon Gillespie after his history teacher was suspended for talking with students about whether pro-life students would get the same support for their human rights concerns as those who engaged in the walkout regarding gun violence earlier this spring, according to Students for Life of America.
It did not.
While students at hundreds of high schools and colleges across the country held walk-outs Wednesday, their efforts received very little media attention. Some also faced obstacles from school administrators regarding the 17-minute protest.
“One principal tried to intimidate a student out of promoting his pro-life walkout,” according to Students for Life. The student told them: “My principal has proposed a compromise, he wants me to meet with the FCA and do a ‘meet at the pole’ at 8:30 so that ‘we don’t disrupt instruction.’ He also told me it doesn’t need to go to the media (I’ve already made a press release and sent it to local press.”
Gillespie said he did not receive the same accommodations from his school that those protesting gun violence did several weeks ago.
“I really was not surprised when they told me that they were not going to give me the accommodations and that they were not going to sanction this walkout as they did the previous one,” he said prior to the event. “It just confirms for me that there is a political double standard, at least in my school district, but I’m still going to be out there.”
His school administrators contend the gun violence protest was “viewpoint neutral,” while Gillespie’s pro-life protest was not.
At Gillespie’s school, Rocklin High School, the Sacramento Bee estimated about 40 students participated. However, it also noted school officials refused to allow the media near the protest.
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“I just want to spread awareness about the cruel things that are happening in Planned Parenthood clinics across the country, the cruel murder of these children who have done nothing wrong,” Gillespie said, previously.
More than 100 Mississippi students participated in the walk-out at Cathedral School, according to The Natchez Democrat. Their school was one of the few that supported the event. Many students carried signs urging lawmakers to defund the abortion business Planned Parenthood and end abortion.
Some of the walk-outs had hundreds of participants, while an Oregon walk-out had only one student. Large or small, each protest showed young adults’ passion for protecting unborn babies.
At Rocklin High School for the #ProLifeWalkout this morning. So proud of the students who dared to take a stand for LIFE! #life #FirstAmendment #EndAbortion #55millionistoomany https://t.co/FsZUQCX3pl https://t.co/vUlZyvi30O pic.twitter.com/zPH2qioaML
— Life Legal (@LifeLegal) April 12, 2018
— Karabeth Helton (@HeltonKarabeth) April 11, 2018
— Blake Barclay (@blakebarclayusa) April 11, 2018
Penn State participated in the #ProLifeWalkout today at 10 AM, to, in the words of high school student Brandon Gillespie, who organized this nationwide walkout, “honor all the lives of the millions of aborted babies every… https://t.co/wvSmpyDrAd
— Penn State SFL (@PennStateSFL) April 11, 2018
— Sarah Burd (@TheCoolishMom) April 12, 2018
— Students for Life (@Students4LifeHQ) April 11, 2018
So proud of @HRcardinal‘s 7th grade student who led her fellow classmates in a #Rosary in response to National #ProLifeWalkout Day. Over 100 students voluntarily gathered at 7:30am to join her in prayer. #PrayerWorks #PrayerIsPower #ProLife #ProLifeGeneration #MotherMaryPrayForUs pic.twitter.com/TNRm6OzVkK
— Archdiocese of Atlanta Catholic Schools (@CathSchoolsATL) April 11, 2018