Columbia Falls Students Plan 'Stand For The Second' Walkout Wednesday

May 1, 2018

A month-and-a-half after students nationwide walked out of class to advocate for safer schools, some students in Columbia Falls plan to walk out of class Wednesday in support of the Second Amendment.

"This walkout is necessary because the students who didn't walk out on March 14 because they support gun rights deserve to have their own walkout voicing their opinions and what they believe in," says Braxton Shewalter, the organizer of the walkout.

Shewalter is a senior at Columbia Falls High School organizing the Stand For The Second walkout scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday May 2.

On March 14, about 50 Columbia Falls High School students reportedly participated in the National Walkout Day to honor the victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and advocate for safer schools. Statewide, hundreds of other students walked out against gun violence. Shewalter led a counter-walkout of about 60 students that day, honoring the victims while supporting private gun ownership.

Wednesday’s Stand For The Second is a nationwide 16-minute school walkout initiated by a New Mexico high school student and backed by the Tea Party Patriots.

Students at Columbia Falls plan to dedicate four minutes to speeches and hold 12 minutes of silence for soldiers who’ve died in combat. It’s the only Montana event listed.

The Stand For The Second walkout will be the fourth pro-gun rally Shewalter has led in response to other youth-organized events calling for stricter gun regulations.

Columbia Falls High School administrators could not be reached for comment.

More information about the nationwide pro-Second Amendment events is available at