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On the heels of the school shooting that left 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida, a nationwide school walkout has been planned for Mar. 14. CalArts President Ravi S.Rajan issued a statement on the school’s website in support of the walkout.CalArts President Ravi S. Rajan

Dear CalArts Community,

Not one more.

I stand with the students, faculty, and staff at Stoneman Douglas High School, and those across the country, that we cannot allow one more child to be shot in school.

Parkland, Florida – the 18th school shooting this year. Our country is now averaging more than two school shootings per week in 2018. This epidemic is beyond grotesque, and it is incumbent upon us as citizen artists to take action and to support efforts to quite literally protect the lives of teachers and children.

Despite the horror that students, staff, and faculty at Stoneman Douglas suffered last week, they have shown remarkable courage and presence of mind to stand up and demand real change. Their resolve encourages me, and reminds us all that we have a voice in this fight.

In support of these students, the Women’s March and the March for Our Lives organizations have planned a nationwide school walkout at 10:00 am on March 14, 2018. I encourage everyone who wants to participate – students, faculty, and staff – to join me in this walkout.

We will gather in the Main Gallery at 9:50 am on Mar. 14, and at 10:00 a.m., we’ll demonstrate our support and solidarity by walking out together. The Walkout will last 17 minutes to honor the 17 students and teachers senselessly murdered last week at Douglas High.

As President of CalArts, and as a father, I am committed to this effort to end senseless gun violence. Keeping students safe while at school must become a top priority in this country, and I know that many in our community share this view. This Walkout is just the start of a much larger effort if we are to effect real change, but I believe that change is coming.

No other country in the world suffers from school shootings like the U.S., and students around this country are absolutely right when they say, not one more.

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  1. I’m not really sure what the message is here. Can’t be a victim of school shootings if you’re not at school? This guy while on his high horse gave not one single solution or course of action that would help prevent a future school shooting.

    Vague calls for even more vague gun control measures aren’t going to solve anything. This guy should be outlining all the additional security measures CalArts is taking to better prevent a shooting at CalArts, but I must have missed that in his statement.

  2. Where it’s going to be. Do we have one local.

  3. Idiots. Remember the 50s 60s and 70s.lets go back and shake all this madness off .

  4. This is going to become political rather then really looking for solutions to a very tragic, neglected issue of making our school safe!!

  5. So proud of these kids!! ❤️✊🏾

  6. A walk out, wow, that’ll show ‘em. Blind leading the blind.

  7. Anyone who walks out… who is enjoying a free ride paid for by the taxpayers… should be …. promptly kicked out… and someone who will actually appreciate the education should take their place.

    • Ruth Rassool Ruth Rassool says:

      Which students at CalArts are getting a “free ride”?

    • Ruth Rassool You know Ruth…. one thing I have found throughout the years is this…….. ‘If one does his/her OWN research…… one actually LEARNS something’…. so, I’d suggest you do a little of that yourself. With that said…. my answer to you is this: Anyone who is accepting money from taxpayers to fund their education….. IS … that’s who.

  8. I think the message is that the status quo on mass shootings is no longer acceptable and something needs to be done.

    What’s to be done? Good question. It’s probably not just one thing, but many. Too bad it’s become too politically charged to talk about in a constructive manner. The grown-ups on left and the grown-ups on the right hate each other just for being on the “wrong” side.

    Meanwhile, students, who are not yet of voting age, are watching the grown-ups argue like bratty kindergartners. I wonder what their learning from it. My advice to them would be: Go independent. Don’t join either party. Republicans and Democrats can’t be trusted to work things out with your interests at heart. It won’t keep you alive, but you’ll be in a much better position to fix things as a grown-up than today’s partisans.

    • CalArts is a college. Most every student should be of voting age.

      I agree something needs to be done. That’s why I’m disappointed in what the guy said in response to the walk out. He proposed no solutions when there are some obvious ones he could enact tomorrow. So absent that, he’s just making a hollow political point and thinks that makes a difference somehow.

  9. KJ Slo KJ Slo says:

    Gun free zones are hot spots for these horrific attacks! It’s time that security measures are put in place for our public schools and buildings! Walking out doesn’t solve anything.

  10. Sean Cohen Sean Cohen says:

    The first thousand+ gun control laws apparently haven’t worked so let’s just throw more out there!!! Or maybe law abiding citizens aren’t the problem 🤔🤔🤔🤔

  11. Bob Oso says:

    NATIONAL WALKOUT AGAINST ABORTION IS A BETTER IDEA

  12. This is the President of a college that only allows UNARMED “security” to provide protection to those students on his campus???

    What does he have to offer for real solutions to campus violence other than an illusion of safety? 🙄

  13. Bob Oso says:

    Here’s a few more ideas for the Liberals:
    1) Go outside and scream at the sky.
    2) Give up YOUR guns.
    3) Lib. Politicians give up armed security details.

  14. Monkey see monkey do.

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