The Philadelphia suburb of Pennridge tried to head-off student protests over inaction in the wake of the Parkland massacre by scheduling a school assembly during the scheduled time of the walkout.
But many students weren’t interested in the school-sanctioned event—225 disobeyed the orders of Pennridge Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline A. Rattigan and got Saturday morning detentions as a result. They’ve been branded the #Pennridge225 on Twitter and have no intention of backing off—instead turning their detentions into a second round of protests.
According to a Twitter user, students arrived for the detentions greeted by parents and community members holding signs of support and bringing them coffee, donuts and cookies.
Some of the 225 #Pennridge students given a Saturday morning detention for walking out on #NationalWalkoutDay were greeted by community members and parents with signs of support, coffee, donuts, cookies, and pizza this morning. So happy to live in such a supportive community! pic.twitter.com/XcH2XBjhWt
— Sean Jenkins (@Sean_Jenk) March 17, 2018
Students who reported this Saturday sat silently for the entire Saturday morning detention, with their arms linked, holding placards bearing the names of the victims.
The protest caught the eye of comedian Patton Oswalt, who deemed it, “a Breakfast Club made up of only badasses.”
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 18, 2018
Alyssa Milano also shared the story.
These kids were given detention for participating in the walk out. This is what they did with their time in detention.
Change is coming. I can feel it. And as a mom…I appreciate it so very much. https://t.co/Ma9ZsW0BDS
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 18, 2018
Video of the protest is below.
MY HEART IS MELTING 💔 After a Pennsylvania school issued detentions to students who walked out of school for #NeverAgain protest. 46 of #Pennridge225 served the first detention today wearing Parkland victim names& sat arms linked for the whole dententionpic.twitter.com/nVznJRRRMt
— The Hummingbird 🐦 (@SaysHummingbird) March 19, 2018