Ballard High students join Governor Inslee in National School Walkout

Ballard High Principal Keven Wynkoop estimated about 1,000 students attended the walkout, which has now concluded. Our earlier stream-of-event coverage follows below:

Inslee also encouraged students to register to vote. Sen. Reuven Carlyle and Rep. Noel Frame are also in attendance. Passing cars are honking in support.

“Donald Trump may be afraid of the NRA, but I tell you the Ballard Beavers aren’t afraid of the NRA,” said Governor Inslee.

Inslee said he’s the “proud son of a Ballard Beaver.”

“Too many underestimate the power that we as teenagers hold,” says Ally Rice, a Ballard High freshman at the podium. “This time has to be the last time.”

The governor has arrived.

Students are walking out, horns are honking and people are applauding.

Governor Jay Inslee is joining Ballard High students in a walkout at 10 a.m. We’re updating this post with photos from the event.

(Photos from Tom Brew / @thomasbrew)


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Liz Verdier
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Liz Verdier

Governor Inslee joins Ballard High Students in National School Walkout
It’s about the kids.

Pete
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Pete

Are these kids really worried about getting killed by a gun? The chances of that are close to zero percent. Theres a lot higher of chance on dying on way to and from school.

Four Fingers Pointing Back
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Four Fingers Pointing Back

The only school shooting to occur at Ballard High wsa gang related back in 1993 or so, and it seems gang related violence is now a “non issue” to the media and politicians, even though the sad emergence of security measures in public high schools was a response to said gang violence, not crazed spree shooters.

Pretty sure most daily shootings occur in the South End. Make of that what you will. Neither Trump nor the NRA is popular there.

Thom
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Thom

Pete, this isn’t about one school or one geographical location. With roughly 7000 kids killed with firearms since Sandy Hook in 2012, this is about sending a message to the GOP administration. The voices of a majority of adults in this country isn’t being heard – hopefully the voices of children will be.

Albert
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Albert

The idea that these kids shouldn’t be scared is naive. A kid was kicked out of Ballard High l a few weeks ago for having a gun in his backpack at school.

Tupac Shakur
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Tupac Shakur

Me and My Girlfriend by Tupac Shakur Shit, you motherfuckin’ right I’m the bitch that’s keepin’ it live and keepin’ it hot When you punk ass niggas don’t Nigga westside, what! Bring it on Look for me Lost in the whirlwind, ninety-six, Bonnie and Clyde Me and my girlfriend, do one-eighty-five when we ride Trapped in this world of sin, born as a ghetto child Raised in this whirlwind (c’mon) Our childhood years recall the tears heart laced with venom Smokin’ sherm, drinkin’ malt liquor, father forgive her Me and my girlfriend, hustlin’, fell in love with the struggle Hands on the steering wheel, blush, while she bail out bustin’ Fuck em all, watch em fall screamin’, automatic gunfire Exercising all demons Mafias on the side, my congregation high, ready to die We bail out to take the jail back, niggas united Our first date, couldn’t wait to see you naked Touch you in every secret place, I can hardly wait To bust freely, got you red hot, you so happy to see me Make the front-page prime-time live on TV Nigga my girlfriend, baby forty-five but she still live One shot make a nigga’s heartbeat stop What! I’m bustin’… Read more »

Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

Good on those kiddos!

50 Cent
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50 Cent

Shooting Guns by 50 Cent

Got my guns and magazines
Ending up in front of me
Nothing is quite as it seems
Fuck with me and you will see

[Bridge]
Shoot your gun now make you a believer
Now you better pray for something more

[Verse 1 – 50 Cent]
I go to war to my heart stop, niggas ain’t listening
Get the thumping and the dumping at your newborn’s christening
Tell your homie, tell his homies, he ‘gon need more homies
Ain’t this a bitch I got the extended clip right on me
And my diamonds on my neck, I dare a nigga to scheme on it
The ruger on deck, it’s hard to miss with the beam on it
I’ll give your ass a permanent nap– sing you a lullabye
I got money to run, so fuck an alibi

[Bridge]
Shoot your gun now make you a believer
Now you better pray for something more

Angeline
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Angeline

Many if not most of the schools that have experienced the “single shooter” type violence were in nice, safe neighborhoods where no one worries much about day-to-day gunfire or any sort of attack. While the statistical likelihood of being shot in one of these incidents is small for any individual, the horror of it looms large in our culture. These kids are right to demand an answer to this problem.

common sense
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common sense

“While the statistical likelihood of being shot in one of these incidents is small for any individual, the horror of it looms large in our culture.”

This could also be read as, people are viewing this emotionally instead of logically/rationally.

Michelle
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Michelle

Believing you have a voice, demanding to be heard, working to make change and standing up for your beliefs is the message I am hearing.

emc-206@hotmail.com
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emc-206@hotmail.com

The horror looms large because of the medias portrayal of each shooting.

Eminem
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Eminem

Get My Gun by Eminem

A mass murderer pack burners to blast further then you can get
My shit be shooting threw bricks
I mix anything togetha, I done guillotine a nigga
Keep it heated, I pop clips with 17 or betta
I?ll be severin’ heads, I?m in everyones nightmare
A nigga that can never ever be scared of the feds
And the niggas that’ll fuck with you
Stab and brass knuckle you
Then have you in the public, theres nothing that you can do
Enough with you’re motherfucking tough talk, you’re soft
Get you’re balls blew off, from a sawdof , Fa’ raw dawg?
Crazier then all yall , what you like the navy when I?m angry
You’ll never catch me hanging in a lops car
All I have is thought of, breathing evil
Desert Eagle’s will eat threw people
When I see you I?mma heat you’re beef slow
Fuck being peaceful, the piece in the vehicle and. .

Newton
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Newton

This isn’t about safety or guns anymore. Kids are just sick and tired of being collateral damage for corporate lobbyists and bought and sold politicians. It is pathetic to see the NRA dupes rattling off their dusty statistics. And it is pathetic to see the accuracy trolls wagging their fingers and crowing about the danger of driving in cars. Kids today are savvy enough to know all that nonsense. This is about the idiotic way that political power is wielded in this country – about how a pointless hot button issue can buy and sell politicians and if a few kids die in a country awash in guns for no particular reason – that’s OK. It’s worth it because……..freedom. Except it isn’t really freedom…is it?

Never Again
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Never Again

Pete, don’t be an asshole.

ROBERT WYKOFF
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ROBERT WYKOFF

“Believing you have a voice, demanding to be heard, working to make change and standing up for your beliefs is the message I am hearing.”

Oh that’s cute

High Caliber Cognitive Dissonance
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High Caliber Cognitive Dissonance

@NewWorld I think the issue for many of us on the right is the fact that Hollywood/Record Industry refuses to own up to their role in glorifying violence and gun play. I’m pretty sure the playlists on many of these students’ laptops contain hyper violent songs etc, and they play Halo, GTA etc or watch the usual Hollywood “bang bang boom” garbage movies. Are these kids going to become pacifists and disavow these hurtful products as well as pushing for a firearms ban? I think we know the answer to that. We can talk about guns but we are really, sadly, witnessing is the breakdown of families and millions and millions of young men suffering from lack of fathers. Democrats don’t want to talk about the destruction of the family because they subsidized it and chiseled at its foundations for decades. No, I’m not defending Republicans. But let’s be honest about home life for kids these days, especially those that aren’t living in affluent Seattle neighborhoods. Maybe the NRA is a “gun pusher” but the Democrats are “crime pusher” for lack of a better term. If we’re really having a “historic moment” maybe we can look at the mental ecosystem… Read more »

Radegast
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Radegast

Inslee – Not My Governor! :)

jm98107
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jm98107

Good to see the students exercising the right to assemble, demonstrate and free speech. Many of them will be voting in 2020.

seattle-duck
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seattle-duck

@High Caliber – I’m a liberal/progressive and I’ve been saying the same for years. Remember, Tipper Gore was the one who insisted on the rating system for video games, similar to what exists for movies. However, that doesn’t stop parents from allowing their kids to play & watch. I was arguing with a friend just yesterday about this. “I played these as a kid and I’m not violent!” Well, it affects people in different ways. I watch a lot of cop shows on TV and I’m no killer or criminal. But I do believe it plants the seeds for something bigger and more dangerous.

seattle-duck
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seattle-duck

@Common Sense – sometimes emotional reactions are necessary. Emotions can be a powerful force, either for good or bad. In this case, the emotions expressed by the students of Parkland is visceral. And it’s contagious. Their emotions could bring about lasting change that “logic” has denied for years.

Lance Alan Cain
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Lance Alan Cain

Guns don’t kill people…people kill people…
Address mental health issues, address culture, address environment. Stop with the emotional aspect, we need to concentrate on and deal with the facts regarding with what factors cause this violence.
Our youth needs to grow up as kids…soon they will need to deal with life’s problems, it will be interesting to see if they can do a better job dealing with life than my generation.

Truth
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Truth

The message some mentally deranged lunatics are pushing is: while we are the only first world country that school shootings happen on a regular basis, let alone at all, because the odds are small of it happening to a particular student, they shouldn’t be worried? Proof that just because you have first amendment rights, doesn’t mean you aren’t making a complete idiot of yourself.

Radegast
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Radegast

Yes, “TRUTH” they should be worried.. All of the time.. Day and night they should be thinking about it.. They would be deranged lunatics not to be..

Judy Simkins
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Judy Simkins

I was there to support these wonderful kids yesterday as they spoke up & spoke out, they are our future. The energy was positive & hopeful because the kids are positive & hopeful.
Changes need to happen & from some of the responses I’m reading here the biggest change should start with the ill informed negative adults criticising the kids.