First-Grader Is Only One To Walk Out Of Her Elementary School In Support Of Gun Reform

Friday, April 20, was the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine. In many ways, that school shooting was a harbinger of things to come. Shootings such as these were relatively uncommon back in 1999, but now they happen so frequently we’ve become almost numb to it. This year, in the wake of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida, students around the country decided to walk out on this anniversary to protest the lack of common sense gun reform.

In Alexandria, Virginia, first-grader Havana Chapman-Edwards walked out of Fort Hunt Elementary School.

Havana told ABC News:

I wanted to stand up for the kids who died in Columbine and Sandy Hook and other schools too and can’t stand up for themselves anymore.

The mention of Sandy Hook is notable in that it reminds us that elementary school students such as Havana have been targets of these mass shootings, too. The other students at her school remained in the classroom. School officials said they didn’t have the supervision to facilitate a mass walkout, so Chapman-Edwards’ mother signed her out herself. While initially disheartened that she was the only one, she and her mother observed silence for the victims of mass shootings and then watched live-streams of other walkouts.

According to ABC, Havana told her mother:

I am going to tell my friends I did this, and then next time there will be more of us. That means we are winning.

Then she tweeted out this photo, which has since gone viral:

Many praised Havana for the inspiration she was offering young girls:

Others wanted her to know that while she was alone outside her school, she wasn’t really alone:

And some people were just all about her NASA flight suit:

Which led to this exchange:

We have no doubt that Havana has a very bright future in store.

H/T: ABC News, Twitter