Utah teen opts out of school walkout; her independent move makes news for all the right reasons

Not all students bought into the liberal narrative and joined a walkout of school on Wednesday.

One Utah high school student was the only one left in her class after deciding not to join her peers in the nationwide school walkout protesting gun violence in the wake of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month which left 17 people dead.

Elizabeth Busdicker, a 9th-grader at South Davis Jr. High, is making news after she made the decision to stay in her class Wednesday even as hundreds of her classmates chose to join the national protest, KSTU Fox 13 reported.

“I stayed in class, and I was one of the only ones in my class but I stayed,” she told the station.

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“Some people walked past our classroom in the halls, kind of gave me these looks, but I just felt like I was doing the right thing standing up for what I believe in,” she said.

And what she believes in does not line up with the message of the event organized by the youth wing of the Women’s March called “Empower.”

“It’s not just about stricter gun policies; it’s about being kinder in our daily lives,” she told Fox 13, noting that something still needs to be done in the face of violence in schools.

“It’s made me a little scared at school, but I really made a huge effort to help these kids who look like they need a little extra help or a little more kindness in their day,” the teen said, explaining how she chose to spend the time – which was supposed to be 17 minutes in honor of the 17 killed in Florida – instead.

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“We wrote 17 thank you notes to 17 different people in our lives to honor the lives,” she explained, taking aim at bullying which she believes is at the center of the issue. “It’s not guns who kill people; it’s people who kill people.”

The freshman’s father was “proud” of his daughter.

“Twenty six years in the United States Air-Force,” Mike Busdicker told Fox 13. “I did that so I could protect the freedom and rights everyone in this country enjoys. That’s why I’m proud of my daughter, because she made her decision to stand up for what she believed in even though others were doing something different.”

And while the young high schooler said she respects her classmates’ decision to walk out on Wednesday – and hopes they respect her choice to stay put – she also shared that many did not understand what the movement was about and simply wanted to get out of class.


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