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Superintendent Drops Hammer on 1,000 Students for Gun Control Walkout, Teaches Them Valuable Lesson

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:

A valuable lesson was learned.

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  1. Anna M. Kemp

    March 17, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    What all schools need are metal detectors, and security!

  2. paulette

    March 17, 2018 at 8:37 pm


  3. Catalina

    March 17, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I think that was fair.

    You want to get out of class great, but you have to make it up!

  4. Thelma Miller

    March 17, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    An hour really give me a break. They think that teens are old and mature enough to protest but not an 18 yr old is not mature enough to own a rifle or shot gun.

  5. bruce mckenna

    March 17, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    I agree with metal detectors and beefing up school security to the maximum and tell the students do not bring things that set the detectors off or the day will be spent checking their bags. take their cell phones when they are in school. they might actually learn something, how to talk to each other. now, some of the kids were probably being off for respect for 17 minutes, the rest of them were just jacking off the system for a day off. and young adults you are supposed to be, shut your mouth unless you have a constructive point. if kids were off their cell phones they might notice when one of them is off kilter.

  6. Nick Carter

    March 17, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I think last year kids should be taught cadet training and fire and movement under the supervision of teachers and an a policemen as commanding officer. Positions for snipers with good arc for covering fire should be erected, and you will soon see school attacks stop.

    I went to the military when I was seventeen and I had 1″ grouping at 110 yards from thirteen years old. Training kids in school these skills will make America a much safer place. It will also teach children discipline and respect for their elders. Only children with the right temperament should be licensed to defend the school. This rank will earn the respect or the juniours, a desire to be one of the licensed. If melded with academics and teacher sign off, it could serve as a great incentive for children to study harder.

    One could start inter school shooting competitions and Americans should make it a national sport.

  7. LittleDon

    March 17, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    These students should be suspended for a month! Who is the BOSS! Them or the SCHOOL!

  8. tony

    March 17, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    I hate how adults cave to these moronic adolescents. Protest all you want, but school is school. Try doing this when you’re employed!

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