In the wake of the devastating shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, youth activists across the U.S. are demonstrating in support of gun reform.
The National School Walkout, coordinated by the Women’s March activists but led entirely by students, will see high schoolers walk out of their classes for 17 minutes at 10am today. The demonstration is meant to honor those lost to gun violence—and encourage lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws.
The March 14 date marks one month since the Parkland, FL, shooting, which claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty. Since the incident, a number of survivors have risen to prominence as gun reform advocates, including Emma González and David Hogg.
Though the walkouts aren’t school-sanctioned, students and their families nationwide are supporting the endeavor.
“As parents, it’s our job to teach our children to be confident, civically engaged citizens,” writes Kathleen Wilson, mother to two daughters, for CNN. “My parents always emphasized the importance of civic engagement—hence my fervent support of our daughters’ involvement in the walkout… I am counting on these teenagers to press forward with their peaceful civil disobedience until our lawmakers do their job.”
Below, browse photos, video clips, and tweets from school walkouts across the country. (We’ll be adding to this story as the demonstration unfolds.)
Student speaks in front of the U.S. Capitol on #NationalWalkoutDay: “Their right to own an assault rifle does not outweigh our right to live. The adults have failed us. This is in our hands now, and if any elected official gets in our way, we will vote them out.” pic.twitter.com/VEdAcLnuOI
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 14, 2018
— Baba Olumiji (@MrOSSClass) March 14, 2018
— Resistance Is Not Futile (@kscarfone) March 14, 2018
— Ryan Smith (@ryansmithtv) March 14, 2018
[Swipe for more] It’s time to end gun violence! How many kids need to die before this all ends! We need to stand up for what’s right and make a change! 17 are gone how many more? We are students, we are kids, we are NOT targets.. Us as a whole need to make a stand for what’s right because we don’t need anyone else. #endgunviolence WE THE PEOPLE NOT WE THE GOVERNMENT #hsfiwalkout #nationalschoolwalkout TAKE A STAND FOR WHATS RIGHT