INSIDE THE WALKOUT

April 21, 2018 at 4:30 am

Today students from across the country staged a walkout to remember the victims of all school shootings with a demand that they end now!  The person behind the national march takes us inside the walkout.

Aired on April 20, 2018. 

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>>> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO
METRO FOCUSED I'M JACK FORD.
19 YEARS AWING TO THIS DAY THE
COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL MASSACRE
ROCKED THE NATION.
12 STUDENTS AND ONE TEACHER WERE
MURDERED.
SPARKING A NATIONAL DEBATE OVER
GUNS AND GUN LAWS.
DESPITE THAT DEBATE LITTLE HAS
CHANGED IN THE YEARS SINCE.
NEW SCHOOL MASSACRES HAVE ENSUED
AND MM MORE STUDENTS HAVE LOST
THEIR LIVES TO FIREARMS IN THE
CLASSROOM.
TODAY, THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS
ACROSS THE NATION HELD A
NATIONAL SCHOOL WALKOUT TO
REMEMBER THE VICTIMS AND TO SEND
A CLEAR MESSAGE, THAT MESSAGE,
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
MANY OF THE CHILDREN WEREN'T
EVEN BORN WHEN TRAGEDY STRUCK
CLUM BINE TWO DECADES AGO.
ONE OF THE ORANGES BEHIND THE
PROTEST LANE MURDOCH IS A
SOPHMORE.
LANE WELCOME TO YOU.
THANKS FOR SPENDING TIME WITH US
TODAY.
LET ME ASK YOU THIS.
AS A FIRST QUESTION, WHAT IS IT
THAT MADE YOU SAY THAT SOMETHING
HAD TO BE DONE AND THAT YOU
WANTED TO BE AN ACTIVE PART OF
IT?
>> HONESTLY, FOR ME IT WAS THE
SELF-REALIZATION THAT NOT ONLY
MYSELF HAD BECOME DESENSE
ADVERTISED TO GUN VIOLENCE BUT
THE WHOLE COUNTRY.
IT WAS NORMALIZED.
I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD EVER
ACCEPT OR NORMALIZE SOMETHING
LIKE THAT.
>> WHEN YOU SAY IT WAS
NORMALIZED -- I KNOW FROM MY
PROFESSION JOURNALISM -- WE
HANDLE THESE THINGS SOMETIMES
VERY DIFFERENTLY WITH THE
PASSAGE OF TIME.
BUT FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE, AS
SOMEONE IN YOUR AGE GROUP, WHAT
DO YOU MEAN WHEN YOU SAID IT
BECAME NORMALIZED FOR YOU.
>> WELL I THINK FOR ME I WAS IN
FIFTH GRADE WHEN SANDY HOOK
HAPPENED.
AND IT HAD A HUGE IMPACT ON ME.
AND NOW I'M IN HIGH SCHOOL AND
WE'VE HAD THE PULSE AND THE LAS
VEGAS AND NOW THE MSD SHOOTING.
SO FOR THIS YOUNGER GENERATION
ALL OF THIS SEEMED QUITE NORMAL
AND QUITE COMMONPLACE.
AND SOMETHING THIS VIOLENT
SHOULDN'T EVER BE COMMONPLACE.
>> WHAT DID YOU WANT THE -- THE
MESSAGE OF IN WALKOUT TO BE?
>> I WANTED IT TO BE
EMPOWERMENT.
AND I THINK IT HAS BEEN KIDS
REALLY USING THESE TOOLS AND
USING THEIR VOICE TO CARE AND
ADVOCATE FOR AN ISSUE THAT IS
IMPORTANT TO THEM.
AND I THINK WE HAVE DONE.
>> -- THERE WAS A WALK OUT AFTER
THE FLORIDA SHOOTING.
IT WAS FOR A SHORTER PEERLT.
THE IDEA BEHIND THIS WALKOUT IS
TO DO THE ENTIRE DAY.
WHY THE DIFFERENT APPROACH?
>> I THINK FOR ME THE WHOLE
ENTIRE DAY WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE
THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO
BE DISCUSSED AND ADDRESSED
LONGER THAN IT HAS BEEN BEFORE.
AND I THINK FOR ME IT ALSO WOULD
GIVE THE KIDS MORE TIME TO HAVE
SPEECHES, INVITE GUESTS, DO
EARLY VOTER REGISTRATION.
IT GAVE THEM MORE FREEDOM TO DO
SOME REALLY IMPORTANT ACTIONS.
>> I'VE SEEN THAT YOU HAVE SFAD
IN THE PAST WHEN YOU WERE
TALKING ABOUT IN THAT THIS
WALKOUT IS NOT SPECIFICALLY
ABOUT A POLICY ISSUE.
WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT.
>> WELL, I THINK FOR ME THERE IS
A LOT OF GUN VIOLENCE THAT
HAPPENS IN THE UNITED STATES
THAT DOESN'T MAKE THE HEADLINES.
AND THERE IS A LOT OF
UNDERREPRESENTED VOICES.
SO FOR ME, I GUESS WHAT I MEN BY
THAT IS THIS DAY SYMBOLIZES A
LOT OF THINGS AND A LOT OF
THINGS WILL BE GOING ON.
SO WE'RE IN THE TRYING TO
PINPOINT IT OR TELL KIDS WHAT
THEY SHOULD BE DOING.
WE WANT THE WALKOUTS TO HAVE THE
OVERAFTERNOON ARCHING THEME OF
EMPOWERMENT BUT REALLY WHAT THEY
CARE ABOUT IN RECORDS TO COMMON
SENSE GUN CONTROL.
>> I SEE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT
YOUR OWN BACKGROUND AND
INTERESTS YOU'RE VERY MUCH A
HISTORY BUFF, INVOLVED IN
STUDYING HISTORY.
AND I'M CURIOUS WHETHER AS YOU
WERE WORKING TO PUT THIS
TOGETHER, DID YOU SEE PARALLELS
IN OTHER MOVEMENTS INVOLVING
YOUNG PEOPLE COMPARING IT TO
THIS?
>> I THINK FOR SURE THERE ARE
PARALLELS.
HISTORY OFTEN DOES REPEAT
ITSELF.
I THINK FOR ME YOUTH HAVE ALWAYS
BEEN STARTERS OF REAL CONCRETE
CHANGE.
WE HAVE SIMPLY UNDERSTOOD A LOT
OF PROBLEMS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE.
AND I THINK I OFTEN LOOK BACK ON
THE PROTESTS IN SOUTH AFRICA,
DUE TO MANDELA'S.
>>> THAT DSH AND THE PARIS
UNIVERSITY PROTESTS IN THE 60s.
AND YOUNG PEOPLE CARE BECAUSE
IT'S THEIR FUTURE.
BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT'S THEIR
PRESENT.
SO, I THINK, YES THERE ARE
DEFINITE PARALLELS.
IDENTIFYING THEM HAS DEFINITELY
HELPED.
>> LAST QUESTION FOR YOU.
YOU TALKED ABOUT THE VOICES OF
YOUNG PEOPLE.
THEY'RE BECOMING INVOLVED AT
DIFFERENT LEVELS.
AND CERTAINLY THESE WALKOUTS
HAVE BEEN VERY PUBLIC
MANIFESTATIONS OF THAT.
WHAT DO YOU THINK NEEDS TO BE
DONE NEXT FOR YOUR GENERATION TO
CONTINUE THIS MOVEMENT?
>> I THINK RIGHT NOW IT'S REALLY
KEEPING WITH MOMENTUM.
MOMENTUM IS SOMETHING THAT
REGARDLESS OF THE MOVEMENT'S
CONTENT IT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU
REALLY NEED TO FOCUS ON.
AND RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A LOT OF
GREAT MOMENTUM.
AND IT'S JUST KEEPING WITH THAT.
I THINK WE HAVE TONS OF KIDS
INTERESTED WHO ARE STAYING
INTERESTED BUT ENGAGING THEM IN
DIFFERENT ACTIONS TO MAKE SURE
ALL THIS RAW ENERGY IS NOT ABOUT
HAVING A FINALE BUT BEING
LAUNCHED NOW AND APRIL 20th.
>> LANE, YOU AND SO MANY OTHERS
HAVE BEEN VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN
CREATING THIS MOVEMENT AND
CONTINUING THE MOMENTUM THAT YOU
TALKED ABOUT HERE NOW.
AND WE WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU
ON THAT VERY GOOD WORK AND WANT
TO THANK YOU FOR SPENDING TIME
AND TALKING WITH US TODAY.
YOU BE WELL.
>> THANKS.