‘Walkout Day’ sparks hot debate on social media; one amazing response to ‘protesting’ teens wins the day

The nationwide “Walkout Day” in favor of gun control has ignited a fiery tweet storm.

Twitter users debated the demonstrations, in which students of all ages in schools around the country are walking out of class for 17 minutes to call for stricter gun regulation, including a ban on “assault weapons.”

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Some users suggested that many of the student protesters are only participating in the walkout in order to get out of class.

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Some students shot back at that assertion.

One user who supported the walkout acknowledged that a number of students just want to skip class, but recommended educating them about the issues.

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One of the most common arguments against the demonstrations was that the left is allegedly politicizing the deaths of children in school shootings to exploit impressionable students.

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One issue for some observers was that, in many instances, schools are helping coordinate the walkouts, which are being loosely organized by the youth division of the Women’s March, Fox News reports.

Detractors of Walkout Day said teenagers don’t have the life experience to decide definitively on a major policy issue.

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Some students expressed outrage at their schools for taking a “middle-of-the-road” approach with prayer services.

Others hoped for more time for prayer at schools in light of the time being devoted to political protests.

Some conservative Twitter users said student protesters should be subject to discipline for leaving class, and that staff who allow the walkout should be fired.

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Gun control advocates berated the walkout’s critics, saying a child participating in a demonstration isn’t the “worst” thing that could happen at school.

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Many parents claimed their children would avoid the walkout by not attending school.

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Virginia lawmaker and Republican US Senate candidate Nick Freitas took a different approach to critiquing Walkout Day, saying that the most important thing students can do is to befriend troubled teens like Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz.

“When you come back into the class room, the same problems will exist,” Feitas said. “It’ll still be there. … Go speak truth to power, but then go back to that student and speak hope and life and love into that person’s life.”

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