Students at hundreds of schools across the nation walked out of class this week–in order to protest abortion.
On Wednesday, the group Students for Life of America (SFLA), which organized the protest, reported that 300 student groups marched at 10am on Wednesday morning for a moment of silence.
The idea was sparked by a California student named Brandon Gillespie, in response to the anti-Second Amendment student walk-outs last month. Gillespie wanted to see whether schools that allowed those protests would allow his.
However, Gillespie later told SFLA that his school had, indeed, refused to grant permission to his protest.
“They are not giving me any accommodation at all, except for the district policy of not punishing students for protesting,” Gillespie said, contrasting that to their support for the anti-gun protest. “That is not the accommodation that I asked for; I asked for the same accommodation as the anti-gun protest.”
“I really was not surprised when they told me that they were not going to give me the accommodations and that they were not going to sanction this walkout as they did the previous one,” he added. “It just confirms for me that there is a political double standard, at least in my school district, but I’m still going to be out there.”
The school district later claimed that they refused the accommodation because, unlike the gun protests, abortion is “not related to school.”
Despite the feelings of Gillespie’s school, however, the protest swept the nation by storm–and, despite being ignored by the mainstream media, attracted a large amount of attention on social media.