Thousands of students take to the streets for #NationalWalkOutDay to demand action on gun violence in wake of Parkland massacre
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.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 14, 2018
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) March 14, 2018
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.
RT if you stand in SOLIDARITY with all these BRAVE students who say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
— The Hummingbird 🐦 (@SaysHummingbird) March 14, 2018
— Michael Quander WUSA (@MikeQReports) March 14, 2018
WATCH: In Washington, D.C., studetns turn their backs on the White House and hold 17 mins. of silence in honor of the students killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High#NationalWalkoutDay pic.twitter.com/wToZRDLyHw
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 14, 2018
— Niko Clemmons 13News Now (@13nikoclemmons) March 14, 2018
— Hira Qureshi (@hiraq36) March 14, 2018
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.
— Jason Stern (@IbnLarry) March 14, 2018
She joined thousands of New York students at Union Square Park where students spoke, chanted and demanded political leaders step up.
— Harald Collet (@haraldcollet) March 14, 2018
You can see more videos and photos from students all over the country below:
— Fatima🥀 (@Fatimi_Pena2) March 14, 2018
— ✨ (@Ogfhere) March 14, 2018
I’m currently at Pioneer HS in Ann Arbor where students are flooding out of the the school for the #nationalwalkoutday protest against gun violence. Students are mtg up in riverside park at 11 for a rally w kids from other Ypsi-area schools. pic.twitter.com/0y6tnDKISB
— Allie Gross (@Allie_Elisabeth) March 14, 2018
— Beth Rousseau (@BethANJax) March 14, 2018
— Bethany Bump (@bethanybump) March 14, 2018
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) March 14, 2018
Students at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia walk out of their classrooms to protest for stricter gun laws as part of #NationalWalkoutDay. https://t.co/JuOWURifIL pic.twitter.com/zFke7RWbAK
— ABC News (@ABC) March 14, 2018
— elmer's glue (@Orlando82er) March 14, 2018
— Lorelei Stillwell (@LoreleiS24) March 14, 2018
Powerful: Hundreds of #Baltimore Poly students laying on ground to honor 17 victims killed in FL shooting & to push for stricter gun laws #NationalSchoolWalkout #NationalWalkoutDay #WalkoutWednesday pic.twitter.com/0pSFht6tVN
— Rick Ritter (@RickRitterWJZ) March 14, 2018
— Leonard Hill (@IamLeonardHill) March 14, 2018
Our middle school may be small, but is mighty! Proud of students and families who use their Constitutional right to speak out and speak up for what they believe in. It’s their future, we need to hear AND listen! #NationalWalkoutDay @WaddellLangAcd @CharMeckSchools pic.twitter.com/pNARS0lv2N
— Tracy Kennedy (@misskwla) March 14, 2018
— fuck me im ella🏳️🌈 (@LargeSourPotato) March 14, 2018
— Vandy Jayhawk (@VandySchools) March 14, 2018
— _RFTFW (@mu_csay) March 14, 2018
— Sparklings (@annatheroblock) March 14, 2018
— Natalie Broda (@NatalieBroda) March 14, 2018
In support of the national student walkout over gun violence, Viacom cable networks, including MTV, Nickelodeon, BET and Comedy Central will all be suspending programming for #17minutes to honor the victims of the shooting at MSD High School in Parkland, Fla.#NationalWalkoutDay pic.twitter.com/0rdbwOoowN
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) March 14, 2018
— Olivia Krauth (@oliviakrauth) March 14, 2018
— Adri (@Cool_andGood) March 14, 2018
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.