Thousands of students in U.S. walk out of classes to protest gun violence

Thousands of students in U.S. walk out of classes to protest gun violence
From CBC - March 14, 2018

Young people in the U.S. walked out of school Wednesday to demand action on gun violencein what activists hoped would be the biggest demonstration of student action yet in response to last month's massacre in Florida.

More than 3,000 walkouts were planned around the world, organizers said. Students were urged to leave class at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutesone minute for each victim in the Feb. 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Thousands of students gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, holding colourful signs and cheering in support of gun control.

The students chanted, "Hey, hey, ho, ho. The NRA has got to go!" and "What do we want? Gun control! When do we want it? Now!"

U.S. President Donald Trump was travelling in Los Angeles at the time.

Stoneman Douglas High senior David Hogg livestreamed, on his YouTube channel,the walkout at the school.Walking amid a mass of people making their way onto the football field, he criticized politicians for not taking more action to protect students.

He said the students could not be expected to remain in class when there was work to do to prevent gun violence.

"Every one of these individuals could have died that day. I could have died that day."

Other protests planned forcoming weeks

From Florida to New York, students poured out of their schools, marching through the streets or gathering on campus to demonstrate.

Some schools applauded students for taking a stand or at least tolerated the walkouts, while others threatened discipline.

The co-ordinated walkout was organized by Empower, the youth wing of the Women's March, which brought thousands to Washington last year.

Although the group wanted students to shape protests on their own, it also offered them a list of demands for lawmakers, including a ban on assault weapons and mandatory background checks for all gun sales.

Gun legislation set to pass in House

Students threatened with consequences


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