#Enough

by Sarah L. '18, All-School Communications Representative

On March 14th, Marlborough students, faculty, and staff walked out of campus as part of the National School Walkout. Following the walkout, we gathered on the field for a memorial to remember the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting the month before. As the seventeen victims' names were read aloud by seventeen Marlborough students and faculty, I was struck by how this loss of life in schools has become a painfully common occurrence. Afterward, those students interested in advocating for change participated in club organized phone booths and postcard writing sessions to elected officials. It was a powerful, meaningful day that brought the community together.

Hearing the passing cars honk in support as our entire community stood holding signs on 3rd and Rossmore is a moment that I will never forget.

This day could not have happened without the initiative and passion of the student body. Immediately after the shooting, many students communicated their desire for a platform to express their outrage and sadness. As a result, several student-led, faculty-guided committees were formed to discuss various aspects of the day. The plans went through multiple iterations, primarily in response to student feedback and opinions. Originally, walking out onto the surrounding streets was not included in the day, however, the voices of several students wanting to bring the movement off campus reshaped the plan in a new direction.

 

 

 

 

 

As a member of the Communication Committee, I brainstormed ways to get the word out and share Marlborough's response with the greater community. We chose to live stream the day to connect with parents and alumnae and utilized the digital signage screens to share information about the ways students could get involved.



Looking back, I am proud that I stood up for my beliefs in solidarity with students across the nation. I also realize that while it was important to participate in the walkout, it is even more critical to follow up by taking action. Whether that be continuing necessary conversations or going to the ballot boxes, we need to keep the momentum going.


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