WMHS students had thought that their small numbers wouldn’t make a significant statement on National School Walkout Day to protest school gun violence. But when 10 a.m. rolled around on March 14, a group stood in the cold wind outside building 2, heads bowed in silence for and remembrance of the 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and staff killed in a school shooting on Feb. 14. The solemn protest was moving and powerful.

Participation in the walkout was entirely up to the students. For 17 minutes, they spoke quietly and respectfully to each other as they expressed their feelings about guns and gun laws, social change and voting. Several WMS staff members joined them. Then, they went back into class.

A large group of students is in New York this week for Montessori Model UN.