Wisconsin high school students are planning a walkout at 2 p.m. on Friday in protest of the state Senate's passing vote to end collective bargaining for public unions. Students have also made a nationwide solidarity plea, asking teens in other states to show their support for the protest by walking out of their school at 2 p.m. local time.
Using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, the students are working to spread their message, fast. In fact, the public Facebook event Nationwide Student Walkout already has over 5,000 RSVPs.
On Wednesday, state Assembly legislators voted to approved Governor Scott Walker's amended bill, which strips public employees, such as teachers, of collective bargaining rights. According to Good, Wisconsin Students in Solidarity coordinator Jesse Banks said that the group is calling for the walkout to "not only to send a unified student message in support of teachers and schools, but again to use this as an opportunity to educate students around the nation on the attacks on public education that are occurring in Wisconsin."
"There are students everywhere who care about these issues and we want to encourage them to make their voices heard, to get active and get involved," the Madison East High School senior added. Jesse also said that the Wisconsin protests have had a "strong high school presence," and the idea for the walkout "came out of an entirely student-run meeting."
Watch a video message from Jesse and his classmate Riley Moore below. What do you think about the passing of the Wisconsin bill? Will you be participating in the nationwide walkout? Do you think it will help make a difference? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.