'ENOUGH': US student walkout sends message on gun…

'ENOUGH': US student walkout sends message on gun…

'ENOUGH': US student walkout sends message on gun…

The walkout commemorated the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on February 14, when a former student opened fire on students and teachers.

Spurred by the February 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead, many thousands of students across the country walked out of class Wednesday for 17 minutes.

The march was started by the survivors of the Parkland incident and will take place nationally as students call for a comprehensive and effective bill to be immediately brought before Congress to address gun issues.

At Golda Och Academy, a Conservative day school in West Orange, New Jersey, students organized a prayer memorial service ahead of the walkout. He added no students complained to him and told him that the victims of Parkland suffered more. Each speaker was picked so that he or she shared some characteristics with the victim being talked about, such as being in the same grade or teaching the same subject.

Morning show hosts FERNANDO & GREG with producer SHANBERRIES took calls from listeners, asking them their thoughts on #Nationalwalkoutday and took it to social media posting the following "Students, your voices are the voices of change". But, in pretty much every case, their efforts were guided or controlled by school officials (although a few students did break ranks, walk out and now face discipline).

"We didn't get to speak our minds". However, the school board stepped in over "safety concerns" and changed the school-sponsored event to a remembrance assembly. National organizers already have more events planned. "They didn't get the students that were standing with signs and actually want to be a part of the protest", Ali said.

"Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school", organizers wrote on their website.

In the nation's capital, more than 2,000 high-school age protesters observed 17 minutes of silence while sitting on the ground with their backs turned to the White House.

More than 50 students walked out in Bellefonte, outside State College, instead of assembling at a school-sanctioned location inside.

While the Constitution protects the right for citizens to own a firearm, I would like to see lawmakers take a stand against gun violence in schools by banning assault weapons.


Eastern High School students walk out of class and assemble on their football field for the national school walkout in Washington, DC.

Will they follow the same protocol if students want to protest abortion or racial equality?

Students in Chicago also took part in the protests, using the walkout as a way to honor their fallen classmates and demand investments in communities of color.

"We all know why we're here - 17 lives lost", she said to break the silence, also noting the number of lives lost to shootings prior to Parkland.

At the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a pluralistic school in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, students gathered in a parking lot outside the school.

The decision to close its stores for 17 minutes came out of a desire to stand in solidarity with the Georgetown community and support other student groups, according to Gong.

"Adults don't think of children as people", 11th grader Jasmine Johnson told TIME during a walkout in New York City on Wednesday. Seifert then threatened to put the student in a police auto, according to the student who published a video of the incident, which had 2.75 million views as of Thursday afternoon.

"Our message doesn't end with this news cycle", Shapiro said.

A new policy statement emphasized the USA president's motion to arm school personnel would make "sure our schools are safe and secure, just like our airports, stadiums and government buildings".

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