South Side students on National School Walkout Day: “closing our schools is violence”


By Briana MaddenReal Chi Youth Reporter, Pascal SabinoReal Chi Youth Reporter & Arlana Shikongo Neighborhood and Politics Beat Editor


On March 14, students nationwide walked out of their schools to stand in solidarity with Stoneman Douglas High School students in a symbolic protest for stricter gun laws in light of the Parkland, FL shooting that happened a month ago.

Students from the South Side Chicago high schools that are slated to close and phase-out used the moment to address other forms of violence experienced by youth in the city. They took their protest to City Hall to say that in Chicago, black and brown youth experience various forms of violence every day.

Real Chi Youth followed students from Hope, Harper, Robeson and TEAM Englewood—the four schools that have recently been on CPS’ chopping block—to document their unique experience on a day that thousands of students nationwide were practicing their freedom to protest.