Student Walkout Ends in Property Destruction

Student Walkout Ends in Property Destruction
Student Walkout Ends in Property Destruction

Police all across America are currently trying to identify teens responsible for thousands of dollars worth of damage. The teens in question walked out of school earlier in the week during a nationally scheduled walk-out to protest gun violence and allegedly lax regulations. Places like Chicago and Stockton are reporting damage to local buildings, vehicles, police patrol cars, and assaults on residents and police officers.

Key Facts

• Students have the right to free speech and the right to protest, just as any other citizen. But they do not have the right to be violent, threatening or aggressive. We’d like to remind our readers that such acts of violence do nothing but draw attention for the wrong reasons.
• The acts of violence also point to a disturbing trend that shows not every student wanted to be involved in the walkout. In at least a few schools, students reported being told by teachers that they were being forced to walk out whether they like or not.
• Others saw the opportunity as a chance to rebel and act out. Even if that wasn’t the intention, the walkouts did little more than create chaos that led to seriously dangerous scenarios. In Stockton, students wove between vehicles, caused traffic jams, and almost instigated multiple vehicular accidents.
• In Chicago, teens walked out and right off the school grounds to the local Wal-Mart. Once they were there, they proceeded to “trash the store,” causing the local retailer thousands of dollars in lost stock. Students came from nearby Simeon Career Academy.

• Terrifyingly, Wal-Mart employees also reported hearing gunshots during the rampage. Students threw smoke bombs, swore at workers, and even went as far as to physically assault at least one worker.
• As much as we would like to tell you this was an isolated incident with a few kids, it wasn’t. In both locations, the number of kids involved was at minimum 20 to 30 – possibly more. These numbers are based mostly on what we could visually confirm in videos recorded during the events.