After a mass shooting killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, grieving and distraught teens, families, and citizens began organizing protests to demand Congress take stricter action on gun control laws in the country.Students, teachers, and faculty members at schools across America are participating in a National School Walkout to take a bold stand against gun violence.
On March 14 — the one-month anniversary of the deadly Florida shooting — people of all ages at educational institutions across the country will participate in a National School Walkout. The protest will start at 10 a.m. local time and last for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 lives of those killed in the tragic shooting.
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At 10 a.m. on the east coast, the first protesters left their classrooms to inspire change. Many used social media to give live updates from their protest sites, sharing photographs, video, and their personal reasons for walking out.
The brave students received massive amounts of support and encouragement from celebrities, activists, parents, and advocates around the world. Many tweeted in solidarity, using hashtags like #NationalWalkoutDay, #StudentsStandUp, #NeverAgain, and #Enough.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead. Standing in solidarity with students & supportive staff on #NationalWalkoutDay. #NeverAgain#Enough#StudentsStandUp
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) March 14, 2018
Good Luck, Stay Safe, and Kick B*tt to all those walking out of school today ! 💞💞 https://t.co/FGRdXTkrbD
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) March 14, 2018
Today, 1 month after of the day that changed our lives forever, we will join the school walkout. We will join the walkout for every one of those 17, and for every other victim of gun violence. We will join for those that are still here. We will join for you. #NeverAgain
— delaney (@delaneytarr) March 14, 2018
— comedycentral (@ComedyCentral) March 14, 2018
— BET (@BET) March 14, 2018
— Robin Wasserman (@robinwasserman) March 14, 2018
The National School Walkout on Wednesday was planned by a group associated with Women's March organizers called EMPOWER. The Parkland, Florida shooting has also inspired similar protests such as March 24th's March for Our Lives and another National School Walkout on April 20th to mark the 19-year anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.