Students of all ages turned out by the thousands for the National School Walkout to protest gun violence and recognize the lives of the 17 people killed during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. last month.
At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, kids left their classrooms behind and gathered in school yards, on playgrounds, in parking lots, and marched through streets across the country to participate in the powerful movement.
Some stood in silence for 17 minutes to honor the victims of the Florida tragedy, while others shouted chants for gun reform. All across the country students displayed powerful handmade signs.
Some listed the names of lives lost in school shootings, while others utilized memes. Each and every sign was held with purpose and portrayed a uniting message across: enough is enough.
This from my 11 year old. Her elementary school isn’t letting them bring signs (1st Amendment anyone?) because the little kids may not understand what this is about. She’s ready for her middle school journey and she’s ready to change the world! #NationalWalkoutDay pic.twitter.com/dxJSKKi6wj
— Heidi Perry (@heidiperry1) March 14, 2018
Students at Philadelphia High School of Creative And Performing Arts participate in the nation-wide walkout.
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