Virginia teacher's message of 'Walk up, Not out' goes viral

Posted at 9:26 PM, Mar 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-14 17:37:51-04

(KLTV) - A Virginia middle school teacher's message to her students has quickly gone viral.

Jodie Katsetos, a sixth-grade teacher at Arcadia Middle School in Oak Hall wrote a message on a poster board in her classroom for her students to read this morning when they arrived at school. It read, “Walk Up Not Out.”  

Along with the message were things her students could do instead of getting up and walking out of school on Wednesday.

  • Walk up to the kid who sits alone and ask him to join your group.
  • Walk up to the kid who never has a voluntary partner and offer to be hers.
  • Walk up to your teacher and thank them!
  • Walk up to someone and just be nice.

Katsetos posted the photo of the poster to her personal Facebook page on Tuesday. The post has received 17,000 reactions and nearly 600,000 shares. Not everyone is reacting positively to her message.

On Wednesday, students walked out of schools across the entire country to protest gun violence and call for change. The protest was to honor the 17 people gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month.

Many people across the nation took to Twitter to show their support using the hashtag #walkout. 

The NRA, however, had a different message. 

Others believed that the #walkout was just political agenda and unnecessary. 

The walkout was organized by EMPOWER, the youth branch of the Women’s March. More than 3,100 walkouts were registered across the country.

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