On Wednesday, thousands of students across the country walked out of their classes in protest for increased gun control one month after the tragic Parkland shooting. Students held a moment of silence for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 people killed in Florida.
In Downers Grove, Illinois, 1,000 students participated in the event, which was documented in a lengthy YouTube video. Alex Wielgosz, a Junior at Downers Grove South, told the Patch, “I think our school should be encouraging us to take action as more and more school shootings seem to be happening all over the country.”
However, once the event was over, the students found out that they had been ordered to spend an hour in detention according to Superintendent Hank Thiele.
Thiele had warned the students and parents in an email sent on March 8 saying, “We believe for students to receive the full civics lesson of what it means to participate in a protest also requires accepting the consequences for their actions.”
The students were aware of the consequences ahead of time, but chose to protest anyway.
Thiele explained after the event that the students “wanted to show that the consequences were worth it to have their voice heard. They broke the rules with a purpose. I’m proud of young adults who are willing to do this for whatever they believe in.”
One student took to Twitter with the news:
— Jas 👾 (@jasc3211) March 14, 2018
A valuable lesson was learned.