On Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m, Wilton High School students and staff will participate in a 17-minute walkout to honor the 17 victims of last month\u2019s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Not only will the walkout honor the Parkland victims, Wilton High School senior and walkout organizer Emily Kesselman told The Bulletin, but it will also \u201cshow a demand for change.\u201d The walkout is important, said Emily, \u201cbecause so many students feel unsafe in their schools.\u201d \u201cWhether we can vote or not, students are the future of this country and we deserve a voice. In the past, it seems as if the voices of teens have gone unheard by the ears of those in charge. It is important that we demonstrate a demand for our safety,\u201d she said. \u201cIn addition to the broader national implications of a school walkout, I believe that this is indicative of the civic responsibility that we as students and citizens have been instilled with throughout our lifetimes.\u201d Walkout participants are encouraged to wear orange,\u00a0the color of solidarity against gun violence, and the event is limited to current students and staff. Emily said the walkout is \u201cby no means partisan or political,\u201d but \u201cmerely a demonstration of our solidarity with those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and our need for common-sense gun laws.\u201d Although the Wilton High School walkout \u201chas been organized completely independently,\u201d said Emily, and is \u201cnot directly affiliated\u201d with any groups, thousands of schools nationwide will also be participating in walkouts on March 14 as part of the Women\u2019s March Youth EMPOWER group\u2019s #ENOUGH: National School Walkout initiative. Schedule of events At 9:50 that morning, Kesselman said, \u201cstudents and teachers will leave class and walk out the main entrance of the school and gather at Lilly field at 10. Each minute from 10 to 10:17, \u201cthe name of a victim at the Parkland shooting will be said over the speaker system,\u201d she said. Afterward, Emily said, \u201ceveryone will return back to their third-period class and resume their day regularly.\u201d Organization and planning After Emily created a Facebook group for the event on Feb. 20, she said, fellow senior Julia Bonnist reached out and said she \u201cwanted to help in any way,\u201d and the two have been planning and organizing the walkout ever since. \u201cThat same day, I emailed the administration and a few days later, they and the student government started working with me,\u201d said Emily. \u201cI have also been in contact with other students in the country who are planning walkouts at their school and we have been sharing ideas.\u201d The walkout was first announced at the school the morning of March 1, followed by an email to students with information. Emily said the school administration has been made aware of the student-organized event and has been included in the planning. The administration has \u201cassured students and teachers that they will not be punished or marked absent if they participate,\u201d said Emily, and Principal Robert O\u2019Donnell will even be among those walking out the school on March 14. Emily said the goal is to have between 500 and 800 of Wilton High School\u2019s 1,331 students participate in the walkout. As of March 1, she said, 117 had RSVP\u2019d. Police will be present during the walkout and nonparticipating students whose teachers are participating in the walkout will report to the cafeteria for the duration of the event.