A Pennsylvania High School’s Plan To Punish Students For Protesting Gun Violence Backfired Spectacularly

Last Wednesday, students across the country walked out of school to protest school shootings and push for stricter gun control legislation. Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and other citifies all had large protests, as well as localities that had suffered school shootings including Littleton, Colorado, Newtown, Connecticut, and Parkland, Florida. In many schools, students were allowed to participate in the demonstrations without consequences, but some schools decided to restrict student activity and punish anyone who stepped out of line. Pennridge High School in Pennsylvania was one of those schools.

While the rest of the country has been moved by the grassroots activism of students in the wake of the latest deadly school shooting, the administrators of Pennridge High School in Pennsylvania weren’t really feeling it:

The school suspended over 200 students who participated in Wednesday’s walkout to support gun control. The group has started calling themselves the Pennridge 225 and they haven’t stopped protesting.

The first group of students from the Pennridge 225 served their Saturday detention and, rather than sit in their assigned seats, they staged a sit-in.

The students laid flowers on the ground and sat in on the floor in a circle wearing the names of the Parkland Victims pinned to their chests.

Pennridge High School Senior Anna Sophie Tinneny organized the event. “It was disappointing that our school teaches us to be like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., people who stood up for what they believed in. And they weren’t going to let us do the same,” she said.

The students say they asked the school board to let them demonstrate peacefully, but the school board declined.

Video of the students protesting has earned over 27,000 retweets, as well as the attention of some celebrities. Patton Oswalt and Alyssa Milano commended the kids for sitting in and continuing the fight:

So did Marjory Stoneman Douglas student activist Lauren Hogg: