- Students across the United States walked out of class to hold protest against gun violence
- The students aimed to pressure lawmakers to act on gun control
- The protests were spurred by the latest shooting incident in a Florida school where 17 people were killed
High School students in dozens of schools in the United States walked out of class to stage protests against gun violence.
The students’ walk-outs were spurred by the latest shooting incident in a Florida school last week where 17 people were killed by a lone gunman. The protests spread from school to school as the students shared their demonstration plans over social media.
As mentioned in ABC News, in Maryland, hundreds of students left school and held a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol. They held 17 minutes of silence to honor the 17 people who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
The students aimed to pressure lawmakers to act on gun control.
“Something has to happen. Innocent people are dying because of the easy access to firearms in this country,” Daniel Gelillo, a senior at Richard Montgomery High in Rockville, Maryland said.
Meanwhile, a superintendent in Texas school district warned that students who may cause any disruptions to protest gun violence will be suspended.