— Justin Blackman (@JustinIBlackman) March 14, 2018
“Hello Twitter, there’s going to be like six people watching this, hopefully”
Justin Blackman took video of himself as he walked around outside his school building, alone.
His video is now sitting at close to 2.5 million views.
Although there were massive student walkouts and protests all around the country today for #ENOUGH National School Walkout, Blackman, age 16, found himself to be the lone protester at his Goldsboro, North Carolina school.
“I’m just gonna be chilling here for the next 15 minutes” he says in the video, undeterred by the lack of his peers.
The social media response was rapid and heartfelt, with thousands of people sharing their support and respect for Justin’s act in solidarity with those students around the country protesting inaction on gun violence in our schools.
Check out some of the support he received on twitter:
— theGrio.com (@theGrio) March 14, 2018
Hi Justin I’m a student at Stoneman Douglas. I’m inspired by you for being a leader. Thank you❤️ Every little thing makes a difference
— Lexi #NEVERAGAIN (@LexiLBBH) March 14, 2018
I'm from Newtown (Sandy Hook) and seeing the action that is finally taking place means the world to all of us here. Sending all our strength to you who are forcing law makers to sit up and take notice finally.
— Lindsay Knauf (@FloodLakes) March 14, 2018
You’re demonstrating more courage and ethics than the majority of our elected representatives. Good for you and good for us!!!
— sbra60510 (@sbra60510) March 14, 2018