The mass shooting that left 17 dead and 14 injured on Valentine’s Day at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has prompted students across the United States to join protests against gun violence and what they feel is ineffectual gun legislation.
Protests broke out spontaneously on February 20 as an estimated 1,000 students from West Boca High School left classes and walked 12 miles to Parkland in support of the neighboring high school, according to the Miami Herald. Students from over 50 other Florida schools protested in the week that followed.
It was estimated that over 3,000 schools participated and at least several hundred thousand to as high as 1,000,000 million students walked out in protest of gun violence on March 14th, 2018 at 10:00 am. The walkout was organized on March 14th to mark the one month anniversary of the Parkland shooting. Many if not most events observed 17 minutes of silence to honor the 17 students who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school on Feb 14th,
There is talk of a second National School Walkout on April 20 to commemorate the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, according to organizers.
In addition to school walk-outs, students plan to march in Washington, D.C., and 71 other locations across the United States on March 24, with solidarity marches in Canada, Belgium, Scotland, France, and England. According to Facebook event pages for the marches, nearly one million people have indicated they are attending, or interested in attending, the events.
Help us report on this movement. We’re watching hashtags like #Whatif, #BoycottNRA, #NeverAgain. What are you watching? The students have found much support and met with much resistance. How shall we best understand this phenomenon?
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