Students Stage Mass Walkout To Protest Gun Violence (Video)
Today students across the country walked out of class for the National Student Walkout on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Americans used to march for their civil rights. Today kids are marching to take our rights away… How many of these students walked out because they actually support gun control, and how many of them just wanted just to get out of class?
Students across the nation Wednesday staged a mass walkout to protest gun violence — exactly one month after the massacre at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Leading the charge were surviving students from the Parkland school, where confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire with an AR-15 rifle, killing 17 people.
Two walkouts were scheduled there, with school officials and student leaders encouraging students to remain on campus and walk the football field with teachers out of safety concerns, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“The mood, much like the weather this morning, is cold but it’s hard and to the point,” survivor David Hogg, who has been at the forefront of gun control advocacy in the wake of the deadly shooting, said on the “Today” show. “We know that we’ve had this change, we know that we’ve seen the suffering and loss but now, instead of closing up like many other communities before us, we must stand up, walk out and speak up against these acts of violence.”
Nearly 3,000 coordinated walkouts — at elementary schools, high schools and universities — began at 10 a.m. in local time zones and were to last 17 minutes to honor the 17 killed, according to Empower, the youth branch of the Women’s March that is behind the walkouts. More