Students Across the Nation Walk Out of Schools to Demand Better Gun Laws | Sojourners

Students Across the Nation Walk Out of Schools to Demand Better Gun Laws

Exactly one month after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., students from all over the U.S. walked out of their schools Wednesday morning to protest gun violence and honor the lives lost in Parkland. This nationally organized event, called National School Walkout, was scheduled to last for 17 minutes to represent the 17 people killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

There were more than 3,136 demonstrations across the country, according to the Women's March Youth Empower website.  Students and supporters in states like Florida, New York, Michigan, and Virginia walked out of their schools with signs and chants.

In Washington D.C., hundreds of students gathered outside of the Capitol to demand action, call for stricter gun laws, and remember the Parkland victims.  

The walkouts were student-led, with support from the Women's March Youth Empower.  

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