Students from Florida to Hawaii walked out of class on Wednesday morning both to honor the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but also to demand safety for all in schools. Some even faced freezing temperatures and snow to observe the walkout. For 17 minutes, the names of 17 students who died in the recent shooting were read and a moment of silence was observed.
Students at MSD walked out to the football field and came together in the middle. They played the song "Shine," written by students of the school. Outside the field, parents and community members stood and applauded them and their efforts.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to include surrounding middle schools are all walking out right… https://t.co/lcFpJlRj2f— James LaPorta (@James LaPorta) 1521038049.0
Meanwhile, students from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. gathered outside the White House, turned their back toward President Donald Trump during their moment of silence. They then began walking up the street toward the U.S. Capitol, where they expect to speak with lawmakers. They revealed this was one of many demonstrations they intend to have demanding accountability of elected officials at the state and federal level.
BEAUTIFUL ❤ RT if you stand in SOLIDARITY with all these BRAVE students who say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We need… https://t.co/ua7ibGpk8h— The Hummingbird 🐦 (@The Hummingbird 🐦) 1521037532.0
“Enough is enough” | Students already protesting outside of the @WhiteHouse for #NationalWalkoutDay. @wusa9 https://t.co/eZlm3bd6ik— Michael Quander WUSA9 (@Michael Quander WUSA9) 1521032950.0
WATCH: In Washington, D.C., studetns turn their backs on the White House and hold 17 mins. of silence in honor of t… https://t.co/r4C1t4u1Ly— MSNBC (@MSNBC) 1521036519.0
Students at Warwick High School walking out of class right now. Principal expecting around 600 or more. #13NewsNow… https://t.co/hLM5B8a4iI— Niko Clemmons (@Niko Clemmons) 1521034739.0
Pretty amazing to watch. Students from all over D.C, protesting in front of the White House #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/ig7PICFRV4— Hira Qureshi (@Hira Qureshi) 1521033335.0
In an interview with CNN, Sam Zeif said "I still can't believe it's been a month."
During a meeting at the White House after the shooting, Zeif told Trump that all he wants is to feel safe. One month later, he said that he still doesn't feel
Bella Pitman, Freshman in New York, told CNN she was angry and said that she and other students should have to walk out of class in protest and politicians should be willing to protect them.
LaGuardia High School students sit in silent protest in NY #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/Gbx8SVBwyI— Jason Stern (@Jason Stern) 1521036935.0
She joined thousands of New York students at Union Square Park where students spoke, chanted and demanded political leaders step up.
Inspiring! #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/0w5OL4H4de— Harald Collet (@Harald Collet) 1521037978.0
You can see more videos and photos from students all over the country below:
#NationalWalkoutDay linking arms all around our school for 17 minutes https://t.co/3hFqkYI0KZ— Fatima🥀 (@Fatima🥀) 1521036166.0
#NationalWalkoutDay marching right now! A lot of us wearing orange and orange bracelets to represent the movement!… https://t.co/LdYJJ2E9j7— 🌚🎄 (@🌚🎄) 1521036103.0
I’m currently at Pioneer HS in Ann Arbor where students are flooding out of the the school for the… https://t.co/nMBWFgXXco— Allie Gross (@Allie Gross) 1521036456.0
Students at Wolfson H.S. walking out of class in protest for stricter gun laws. #NationalWalkoutDay @ActionNewsJax… https://t.co/LNxgIHuISm— Beth Rousseau (@Beth Rousseau) 1521036076.0
Hundreds of Albany High School students take part in #NationalWalkoutDay to call for an end to gun violence.… https://t.co/9Tqt4hUq9K— Bethany Bump (@Bethany Bump) 1521036572.0
WATCH LIVE: here is footage of the students walking out in protest for #GunReformNow. https://t.co/JnRAiPeJGU #NationalWalkoutDay— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool) 1521037709.0
Students at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia walk out of their classrooms to protest for stricter gun la… https://t.co/hajDUcky97— ABC News (@ABC News) 1521036900.0
#NationalWalkoutDay in sandy springs #Atlanta https://t.co/WtO6LdJtV3— elmer’s glue (@elmer’s glue) 1521036308.0
#NationalWalkoutDay really proud of my school https://t.co/pbeF7cggnq— Lorelei Stillwell (@Lorelei Stillwell) 1521036797.0
Powerful: Hundreds of #Baltimore Poly students laying on ground to honor 17 victims killed in FL shooting & to push… https://t.co/L1cETytsko— Rick Ritter (@Rick Ritter) 1521036895.0
Students taking their cause to the streets in Philly (Broad Street to be exact). Kudos! #NationalSchoolWalkout… https://t.co/UIXn7fDeuQ— Leonard Hill (@Leonard Hill) 1521038003.0
Our middle school may be small, but is mighty! Proud of students and families who use their Constitutional right to… https://t.co/FG6x7Je9KG— Tracy Kennedy (@Tracy Kennedy) 1521037990.0
#NationalWalkoutDay 32degrees, blistering wind, my school community walked out for 17 minutes https://t.co/QgZdnv79g5— e (@e) 1521037970.0
17 minutes of walking on a cold Michigan day in honor of the 17 fallen students in Florida. #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/sP7qNbnWpY— Vandy Jayhawk (@Vandy Jayhawk) 1521037940.0
High schoolers of @PontiacSchools pledge to #StopTheViolence at #NationalWalkoutDay #NationalSchoolWalkout https://t.co/zzF0tYvOTg— Natalie Broda (@Natalie Broda) 1521038527.0
In support of the national student walkout over gun violence, Viacom cable networks, including MTV, Nickelodeon, BE… https://t.co/pwUnBN2rsr— Ted Corcoran (RedTRaccoon) (@Ted Corcoran (RedTRaccoon)) 1521036864.0
Better look at the crowd at Manual. #nationalwalkoutday https://t.co/5Uprfa1Xde— Olivia Krauth (@Olivia Krauth) 1521036710.0
Schools and administrators sent notes home to parents saying they support the students and their demand for safe schools and would allow them to engage in the 17-minute walkout.