It was the tenacity and passion of students that mobilized the March For Our Lives movement this past weekend. Over 200,000 people gathered in Washington D.C. to show their support against gun violence. In case that wasn’t impressive enough, over 800 marches took place simultaneously around the world. Did we mention that all this was coordinated by 17- and 18-year-olds in just a few short weeks?! Talk about the kind of stuff that makes teachers proud.
Although the front lines of the march were comprised of students, teachers were right behind them showing their support. (Because that’s what we do.) Here were some of the messages teachers had to share:
We march for our students.
We protect our students.
The experience I had today is hard to put into words. It was incredible. Throughout history, people have exercised their rights by sitting in, standing up, and marching to make their voices heard. Today our young people made history and I couldn’t be more proud of their bravery and perseverance. We WILL be heard. #marchforourlives #notonemore #teachersagainstgunviolence #neveragain #armmewith
We never give up.
Arming teachers is irrational.
Arms are for hugging…
… and compassion.
These are choices we shouldn’t have to make.
This calls for our teacher voice.
Seriously, don’t mess with our teacher voice.
And when our children tell their story, they'll tell the story of #enough. ?? So thankful for the hard work that went into organizing #MarchForOurLives events all across the country. It was so encouraging to be surrounded by people who agree that instead of arming me with a gun, they should #armmewith the things that truly matter- the things that help me successfully do my JOB, which is teaching my favorite 110 people that I know. #notonemore #handlettering #moderncalligraphy #scribblesandsweettea
Arm us with support.
An exciting, powerful and emotional day. Proud to march with students from Parkland, Newtown and all across the country today in DC. Overwhelmed by the leadership of these kids and the number of children and families in the crowd. We marched for their lives and we must keep fighting for change until the killing ends.
Arm us with funds.
Arm us with politicians who listen.
While we’re on the topic of politicians:
Here’s how to earn a teacher’s vote.
Supplies are an issue. For real.
You know what else is an issue? Our salaries.
These priorities don’t match up.
This is what a real teacher looks like.
? I am a TEACHER. My job makes me many things, but I am NOT a police officer. I am NOT a soldier. I am NOT a sharpshooter. I will not be treated as if I hold one of these professions, and the day firearms enter the classroom is the day I leave it. • #marchforourlives #marchforourlivesDC #MFOL #MFOLDC #notonemore #neveragain #enough #enoughisenough #msdstrong #teachersagainstgunviolence #guncontrol #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofig #teachersofinstagram #teacherlife #teachersforchange #policyandchange #demandchangenow #wewantchange #MissDC #MissINTL #MISSINTL2017 #MissDCINTL2017 #MissInternational2017
We are SO proud of our students.
There is still so much I want to share with you from this weekend, but first and MOST – it’s these KIDS. These teen girls stood in front of us for most of the March for Our Lives on Saturday in D.C. They were hearing impaired and I still regret letting that keep me from trying to talk with them. We constantly complain about this new generation being clueless, self-absorbed SNOWFLAKES, but guess what? WE WERE WRONG. WE. WERE. WRONG. These girls, this generation, look at them! In our world where teens emulate celebrities, these girls came out to the March for Our Lives with their Emma Gonzales haircuts and I just lost it. Bawling! When Miley Cyrus sang “The Climb,” together these girls passionately signed the song together, and I lost it again. These kids were born in the shadows of Columbine and 9/11 and have never known the safe world my fellow Generation X-ers grew up in. They’re not snowflakes. THEY’RE WARRIORS. I am so profoundly PROUD of this generation. This is so personal for me, because these girls represent ALL of my students. I taught this generation. Yes, this is our future. In between them here holding the sign is my badass friend Elsa who co-founded the group to which I belong, Educators Against Gun Violence, the passionate group of educators who helped me get my own ass off the couch and to Washington, D.C. to stand with the generation that will save us all. Elsa didn’t let the communication barrier stop her from telling these girls how much they meant to us, and I’m so grateful to her for that. ❤️ This IS the generation that will save us. Borrowing words from President Obama to the Parkland students, I also say to this generation: We’ve been waiting for you. And we’ve got your backs. #whyimarch #emma4change #armmewith #enough #notonemore
Our students are more important.
We became teachers for good reasons.
Let us do what we’re trained to do.
This is the only glock we want in the classroom.
One of my favorite of yesterday's signs courtesy of my cousin @typebree ? The energy and message of #Marchforourlives was so inspiring. I'm still in absolute awe of the students who set this in motion. Today, I'm thinking about how to keep that tremendous energy going. But it's exciting to know that these amazing kids have the ability to lead the way. ? #ArmMeWith
Powerpoints and guns shouldn’t need to be compared.
“Survival” shouldn’t be in question.
Although I can’t take part of the #marchforourlives, I am there in spirit. This was shared with me from my amazing colleague and friend @3lizmorton who is standing strong along with others on this brisk March day. ✊? . . . I have had many conversations with my students about the current events that are happening in our nation & their voices are stronger and louder than ever! They deserve to feel safe at school. Call your reps & make sure you are heard! #enoughisenough #weareteachers
#armmewith books not bullets. for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a teacher and for the last four years I have spent an endless amount of time studying and learning so that I can be the best educator possible for my future students. one afternoon, my professor shared a piece of wisdom with me that is always at the forefront of my mind: our classrooms need to places where students feel both emotionally and physically safe. teachers strive to accomplish this every day, our government needs to do the same.
Feel free to share your March for Our Lives teacher signs in our WeAreTeachers Chat Facebook group. We’d love to see them!