Gardner-Edgerton High School Students participate in the National School Walkout Thursday, May 12 protesting the possible upcoming Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Staff photos by Lynne Hermansen

Lynne Hermansen
Special to The Gardner News
An estimated 100 Gardner-Edgerton High School students walked out of school Thursday at Noon to protest the possible Supreme Court’s upcoming vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and send the decision back to individual States.
The students held signs and chanted while walking the few miles from school to the front of City Hall in a peaceful, non-violent march and protest.
It was 95 degrees Thursday afternoon and they checked on each other to make sure everyone had sunscreen and was fully hydrated. A Parks and Rec worker handed out popsicles from a cart. Every time a car drove by holding a sign or honking and waving the students would start yelling and cheering in a harmonious uproar. A cooler of water sat in the front of City Hall along with boxes of snacks.
A few adults came to City Hall to help guide students in the voter registration process.
Students said the march and protest was inspired and fueled by a Snapchat video of the assistant principal tearing down a poster supporting Roe v. Wade in the lunchroom and shredding it in front of everyone.
Junior, Elizabeth Fiedler, the student who organized the march and protest, said it was the assistant principal’s right to tear down the poster as she could see how it could lead to chaos of any poster being put up on the school walls but it was the shredding of the poster that angered a lot of people.
“We also had 8th graders visiting that day,” she said.
Fiedler said the march and protest were then set up accidentally because of it along with being inspired by seeing a National School Walkout post on an Instagram Social Media Post.
“We wanted it to succeed,” she said.
Fiedler said she felt it was more important to have a local school walkout and protest in order to promote the cause locally.
“We are all also very aware that here in Kansas it is up for a vote in the Primaries August 2nd,” she said.
Fiedler said she was happy to bring more attention to a cause she feels is important.
“Women should have more autonomy than the courts,” she said. “Young people are ready to act out and hold others accountable for the decisions they are making that effect our future.”