Nationwide Mass Student Walk Out Over Gun Violence
Above: National Walkout Day protest over shootings in schools on one month anniversary of Parkland killings at Georgetown University. By Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images.
Wednesday, March 14, was one month after the Parkland school massacre in Florida. Students from more than 3,100 schools marked the event with a National Walkout day. Estimates are more than one million students walked out of their classrooms at 10:00 am.
Many students planned to walk out of class for 17 minutes — one for every person killed during the horrific mass killing. The students demanded gun law reforms to show solidarity with the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where the attack occurred on Valentine’s Day. The protests took different forms at different schools. Some students organized a lie-in with participants simulating being dead, others marched while others held rallies. Some schools were supportive while other schools threatened to punish the students.
Below are tweets and photos reporting on the events.
Kindness should not be set as a National day. Kindness should be everyday. Kindness does not prove anything about the loss of those 17 who died. We walk OUT because those 17 can no longer be at school, sitting in class. We’re going to walk out bc kindness should be everyday. pic.twitter.com/2RO68TLmHm
— hailee buckley (@haileebuckleyy) March 14, 2018
— Michele Lisa (@1shellie011873) March 14, 2018
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) March 14, 2018
National School Walkout Day in photos, from Parkland to London
— Kainaz Amaria (@kainazamaria) March 14, 2018
— Jaisal Noor (@jaisalnoor) March 14, 2018
Students at more than 3,100 schools across the country organized walkouts today with one message: we have to stop the epidemic of gun violence.
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) March 15, 2018
Today, teen reporters from 15 schools across the country in our network of Student @ReportingLabs participated in National Walkout Day. From Florida to California, dozens of students captured what their peers feel is an important moment in the movement against gun violence. pic.twitter.com/DxhMDp93Yx
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) March 15, 2018
Our present…our future. National Walkout Day. pic.twitter.com/zcPSQQThKC
— Niles North HS (@NNVikings) March 14, 2018
Students across the country protested on Wednesday to support victims of gun violence — here are the most incredible photos from the National Walkout Day https://t.co/KNPnzILAfM pic.twitter.com/FsmOPrePnK
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) March 14, 2018
@Emma4Change we live in such a broken society. i participated in national walkout day today at my school to remember the 17 victims and peacefully protest for the reform of current gun laws and my school SUSPENDED me and 36 others for it pic.twitter.com/m1JBNewLY0
— amybaby? (@amystrashh) March 14, 2018
364 ribbons handmade for my daughter’s National School Walkout Day. Working toward 500 but ran out of ribbon! She is the social media coordinator for her school and decided to make these for it. Very proud of her and the young people of America standing up for their rights. pic.twitter.com/LevHIcjBbn
— raven_wildcat_dad_#RESIST (@richwnkc) March 10, 2018
As part of National Walkout Day, students from Miami Dade College and New World School of the Arts gathered at Wolfson Campus to call for more strict gun laws. For 17 minutes, they stood in silence as a tribute to the victims of last month’s Parkland shooting. pic.twitter.com/VPRwx7zjIb
— Miami Dade College (@MDCollege) March 14, 2018
Over 100 Terre Haute North students participated in National Walkout Day on Wednesday pic.twitter.com/Qe0H5CVy6n
— Joe Garza (@TribStarJoe) March 14, 2018
— Christy Walters (@ChristyWalterss) March 14, 2018
Thanks @tfurlong and @NBCPhiladelphia for using the footage my students shot today at our National Walk Out Day walk out. Glad to see their hard work recognized. #jerdchat #proudteacher pic.twitter.com/TIZ2TqvKvr
— Dennis Leizear, CJE (@DennisLeizear) March 14, 2018