Justin Blackman, a high school student in Goldsboro, North Carolina, joined millions of students around the country in walking out of class to protest political inaction in the face of school shootings.
But no one at his school was interested in the protest. So Blackman walked out of Spanish class alone, and started shooting a selfie video outside the school.
“It’s National School Walkout Day and I’m the only one at my school out here,” he says. “I’m just going to be chilling here for the next 15 minutes.”
“There’s going to be like six people watching this—hopefully,” he said.
— Justin Blackman (@JustinIBlackman) March 14, 2018
So far, this video has been watched 600,000 times. And thousands have tweeted in support of Blackman.
Thank you for standing up for the next generation of kids to come through the school system all over the country. #NeverAgain
— Lindsay Knauf (@FloodLakes) March 14, 2018
Thank you for your courage. You kids are absolutely brilliant and can truly do anything you set your mind to.Never forget that.Your generation will save our future Stephen Hawking’s, @ava DuVernay’s, and Martin Luther Kings from being gunned down in their own schools. #NeverAgain
— Francine Wade (@Francinewade87) March 14, 2018
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy ." – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/sBtJ0II6YG
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 14, 2018