By Kimberley Richards
Students at schools across the country participated in a national 17-minute walkout to honor the 17 victims from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday morning. Naomi, an 11-year-old student in Alexandria, Virginia, co-organized a walkout adding one minute to also honor Courtlin Arrington, a black teen girl killed last week at her high school in Birmingham, Alabama.
According to reporting by Guardian senior reporter Lois Beckett on Twitter, Naomi and her classmate Carter organized a walkout for Wednesday morning at their elementary school, George Mason Elementary. They thought it would be important to add one minute to the nationally planned 17-minute walkout to include Arrington. In a Q&A, Naomi told the Guardian that it’s particularly important to change the walkout to 18 minutes since black women victim’s names are often not remembered.
“I think, well specifically me, I don’t know what Carter thinks, that specifically African-American women, when they are shot and killed, or when they are killed in general, their names aren’t remembered,” she said. So I thought it would be important to add an extra one minute.”