The Douglas County Sentinel reported in its Feb. 25 edition on a peaceful protest staged by high school students, asking for stronger gun laws and standing up against gun violence. The student walkout elicited a reaction from both sides of the gun control issue. The Sentinel was alerted, as was the school, and the Douglasville Police Department. There were two school resource officers from the Douglasville Police Department, a few staff members, Douglas County High School Principal Andre Weaver, and two additional police officers, who kept the protest orderly and provided a safe environment for these young folks to express their First Amendment rights.
This protest and dozens like it across the country, are a cry for help. As adults, all of us are charged with keeping our children safe; I'm afraid we are failing at this. Our schools should be an environment of learning, a place of safety, where kids can learn the lessons that will serve them well and prepare them for the adult world. These kids never know which school will be hit next by someone with mental illness, armed with an AR-15 type rifle. Dozens of children have been killed this year, and its only February.
I admire these kids; their ability to band together to affect change, and the lessons they are teaching us. I thank the Douglasville Police, and the way they responded to this protest, to provide a safe space for these students to express themselves. DCHS Principal Andre Weaver, you did a fine job sir, I commend you.