National School Walkout


It all started on…

March 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., est., TLHS commemorated the 17 souls that were lost exactly one month ago today, by silently parading around the plaza where the school is located.

We then met in the assembly room, where TLHS students and staff respectfully remained silent for 17 minutes in honor of those who lost their lives. Following the parade and 17 minutes of silence, the students were given a lesson on their 1st Amendment right and a history lesson of successful peaceful protests from the early 1900’s through present day.

They learned about:

Suffrage Parade, 1913 (Women’s right to vote.);

Mahatma Ghandi, and the Salt Satyagraha and Dandi March, March 12, 1930 – April 6, 1930;

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, December 5, 1955-December 20, 1956;

Dr. Martin Luther King’s, “I have a dream…” speech during the Civil Rights Movement, August 28, 1963;

Caesar Chavez’s 25 day hunger strike and the Delano Grape Boycott, 1965-1970;

Harvey Milk, an American politician and gay rights activist, June 1969-August 2009; and

How they made history today by participating in the Anti-gun Violence School Walkout, March 14, 2018


They were also given information on how to contact law makers so they too can use their voice for change.

TLHS’s School Pledge:

We, as members of the Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice School Community, Pledge:

To respect each other, not to pre-judge others for any reason, and to be accountable for our actions.

To promote tolerance and acceptance in our society.

To be open-minded.

To work together to promote diversity and to "Be the change we want to see in the world!"

On this day, TLHS took part in being “...the change [they]... want to see in the world!”

For information on how to contact your elected officials, to have your voice heard and exercise your 1st Amendment right, please visit: