Vast Majority of Point Loma High School Students Join National Walk-Out Against Gun Violence

by on March 14, 2018 · 7 comments

in Ocean Beach

The vast majority of Point Loma High School students joined a national walk-out against gun violence, this Wednesday morning – the 14th of March.

There’s 1900 students on campus the principal told me and by far most of them had gathered near the east end of the school’s football field.  A few minutes before 10:00am – the hour of the walk-out – a bell went off and students began streaming towards the southern end of the school where the athletic fields are.

By time I got to the football field, massive numbers of students were listening to and cheering on a series of speakers – most of them students – plea and demand changes to how this society handles guns and violence.

All quiet in front of PLHS at 9:50 am

About 15 minutes before 10, I had parked out on Chatsworth and took up a position on a stone wall across the boulevard from Point Loma. I had noticed a police SUV parked in the church parking lot also just across the street.

At 9:49 am all was quiet. Around 9:55 a few students walked out from their classes heading to others. There was nothing at the front of the school to indicate anything out of the ordinary. By my phone clock, at 9:57 a bell went off and students began walking in good numbers toward the football field.

After approaching a man in his 40’s who looked like an administrator, I asked him if there was some kind of walk-out and rally on campus. He said yes, over at the football field. We both began walking in that direction. I was wearing my official OB Rag Press tag around my neck and told him I was with the media. I asked him his name and title, and he replied Haus Becker and principal. I was impressed – very cordial and easy-going guy.

Becker told me the event was totally student-organized. He did add that they’d adjusted the bell system for the day to avoid loss of instruction time.

One young woman speaker “Not one more death from gun violence at school! If we keep up this momentum” she said, “there won’t be one more!” She declared her generation was all going to be voters soon and threatened they would be making changes.

One student speaker told me the event was going on much longer than the 17-minute time extolled by the national walk-out organizers. It was going to noon, he said.

A group of mothers stand in solidarity.

I took a few photos, circling the large crowd and finally became teary-eyed listening to these kids yell out “Enough! Enough! Enough!”

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Gormlie March 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm

It was a gray morning but for some reason my cell phone camera was taking really dark photos.


Patricia Hume March 14, 2018 at 5:11 pm

17 seconds of silence and the speeches that followed at Pt. Loma High, Wednesday at 10 am, was more moving than I was expecting. The student body dressed in black were respectfully silent and attentive for the articulate raw and honest speeches. The speeches were not expressions of anger but rather,” we have to fix this”. The second amendment and how if it pertains to assault weapons, influence of the NRA, staying informed and active no matter what your stance was, and registering to vote were part of the discussion and also expressed in poetry ( a popular class at the school). More security and guns was not the direction the students were going in regarding their safety, but rather safer laws regarding accessiblity, the sale of assault weapons, and age limits. Also stressed, was to have a continuing voice in the safety of their community and find ways to be a part of the discussion. “Change isn’t coming, it’s here” to quote the organizing student. As a visiting teacher at this school, I took great interest and pride of my community school.


Dr. Jack Hammer March 14, 2018 at 6:44 pm

These kids are our only hope. This is how it starts. Like the above comment says” Change isn’t coming, it’s here”. That’s profound. And timely. The adults in this country have clearly showed they can’t run this country. Revolution starts at the bottom, not at the top…

Proud of these kids!


RickD. March 14, 2018 at 6:53 pm

Makes me proud to be an alum!!


Frank Gormlie March 15, 2018 at 9:26 am

RickD – me too (class of 66)


unwashedWalmartThong March 15, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Bravo, I say.
I say, Bravo to the students.


Gristmiller March 16, 2018 at 7:22 am

Here’s to you…



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