This boy was the only one in his school who took part in the national gun violence walkout

Justin Blackman/ Twitter screengrab

Thousands of students across America took to the streets to honour the people who died during the Parkland shooting.

Picture:Karen Ducey/Getty Images/ Students at Ballard High School participate in a walkout to address school safety and gun violence on March 14, 2018 in Seattle, Washington

The walkout lasted 17 minutes, to remember the 17 victims, and students took a knee outside their school building, brought placards from home and walked out of class.

Sixteen-year-old Justin Blackman from North Carolina, walked out too.

But in a school of approximately 700 students, he was the only one to do so.

Picture:Justin Blackman/Twitter screengrab 

He took a video of his solitary remembrance and posted it on Twitter:

Umm... hello Twitter, there's going to be like six people watching this, hopefully.

It's National Walkout Day, I'm the only one from my school out here.

The Wilson Preparatory Academy student told CNNthat he had spoken to his classmates about the walkout earlier that day, but “they didn’t seem to know about it".

His Spanish teacher allowed him to leave the class, and once the 17 minutes were up, he returned.

Blackman said:

Now, I truly know that one person is all it takes. No matter the age, skin colour, gender – it doesn't matter.

Many people praised him. Lindsay Knauf, from Newton Connecticut, where the Sandy Park shooting took place, wrote:

And Ava DuVernay retweeted the video with a Martin Luther King quotation:

The video has since been liked and shared hundreds of thousands of times across the social media platform.


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