Tuesday’s anti-gun students “walkouts” brought violence and anti-Americanism to at least one high school campus.
At Antioch High School in Tennessee, what began as a peaceful protest against gun rights emerged into a huge brawl.
The incident, which was captured on video by students’ phones, depicted a large number of students–both inside and outside the school–devolving into a massive fight. Further, a handful of students were seen pulling down the American flag.
The school, which had welcomed the protest, was quick to break up the fight. The district later put out a statement, slamming the students involved for being “disruptive.”
“At MNPS, we respect the right of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them. Unfortunately, some students on our Antioch campus today chose to protest in ways that significantly disrupted school operations and threatened the safety and order for other students and staff within our school. Swift action was taken by school security and MNPD to address the situation. No students or staff members were injured during the walkout.
“The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Inappropriate behaviors that threaten school safety will be handled immediately and firmly in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and MNPD.
“We understand that our students may be feeling lots of emotions, including anxiety, fear and even anger about today’s events. We encourage parents to talk to your child(ren) about how they may be feeling, and the importance of expressing themselves in appropriate ways while at school. MNPS also has counselors available and ready to talk to students at any time. We look forward to welcoming students back tomorrow for a great day of teaching and learning.”