10-Year-Old Stands Outside Her School Alone. This Is Why

Delilah Matrese wanted to take a stand
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2018 10:20 AM CDT
10-Year-Old Stands Outside Her School Alone. This Is Why
A student protests gun violence at a recent school walkout in this file photo.   (Beth Nakamura /The Oregonian via AP)

Delilah Matrese wanted to protest, but apparently no one would join her. The 10-year-old student at Hamilton Elementary in Carlisle, Penn., wasn't able to attend the last school walkout demanding gun control—the one involving 2,500 schools around the US—"so she begged us to let her do this one," her mom Melissa Matrese tells CNN. With no other students or faculty joining her, Melissa's husband Stephen went down to the school. On Friday the pair stood alone on school grounds for about half an hour with Delilah holding a sign that showed rifle rounds with the words, "not school supplies," per PennLive.

Melissa tweeted a photo of her daughter's protest and wrote in response to tweeters that Delilah had picked gun control as the topic for her independent project at school, but wanted to walk out "because the whole point is to DO something, not just write a paper." And Delilah wasn't alone in being alone: The News & Observer reports that 16-year-old Justin Blackman walked out of his North Carolina high school by himself last week, while WJLA says 7-year-old Havana Chapman-Edwards did the same outside Fort Hunt Elementary School in Virginia on National School Walkout Day. "It really sank my heart to pieces," says Havana, but her mom was inspired by Havana and snapped photos of her that are posted at WJLA. (Read more gun control stories.)

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