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MN Teen Activists are doing some really great work here.

The walkouts that are making a Difference

May 27, 2021

The past couple months, Minnesota high schools have been organizing state-wide walkouts to protest about a number of problems like discrimination, racism, harassment over the LGTBQ community, BLM, and violence towards the innocence.

Schools like Tartan Oak High School in Oakdale, MN did a walkout for Daunte Wright, who was shot by an officer who pulled him over for expired tabs. Or at Becker High School where the students had a walkout for the LGBTQ+ community.

Minneapolis, Roseville, Osseo, Sartell and St.Cloud, St. Louis Park, Fridley, Eden Prairie, Elk River, Moorhead and more are among the many cities in the state that are all having their own walkouts and marches.

Not only do these students stand up for these problems, but they hold trauma-healing exercises and speeches from people that have personally experienced harassment or racism. Signs that say “My voice matters” or “It’s human rights, NOT politics” or even “Everybody vs Discrimination.” Having a moment of silence for those lost is an important part of these movements. Most schools and staff are all for these walkouts however only a few have been punished for walking out of class.

As more walkouts happen, more and more students are stepping up in solidarity for each other. Students advocate these walkouts on social media however the biggest group is the MN Teen Activists who have plans to become a nonprofit.

Nyah Wolf

Behind this group is ordinary teens that take part in sports, or are tutors, or in the NHS, or could even be in debate teams and who have been collaborating with the NAACP. Not only is this group raising awareness for issues in the U.S, but also issues in affected countries like Nigeria and Columbia. Because of these walkouts, schools are even putting in programs to help with these issues: to raise awareness and to heal those affected by these issues.

These teens are taking the walkouts seriously because they were the ones to sit down and stay calm, and said “We see you, we hear you!” However, there comes a time when you have to take things into your own hands. These walkouts are not violent: no tear gas, no beating cops, no burning cars or looting buildings. All in one group, in harmony and strength. Sometimes it seems like teens are taking this more seriously than adults, think about it though.

Our own school, Sartell High School, has hosted two walkouts already. We had a statewide walkout that happened on April 19th, ‘to stand in solidarity against racial injustice.’ Also, The Solidarity March that happened on May 15th, to support the POC in our community.

It is absolutely amazing what people can do if we all just stand and work together for the greater good.

Many people mistake that youth are the future, I would submit that they are the now.”

— Jerome Treadwell

 

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