The National School Walkout, explained


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 The National School Walkout, explained

Washington-area students call for gun reform in front of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnells (R-KY).

Students around the country are uniting to call for changes in gun policy.

This week marks the first national test of teenage activism against gun violence.

Students across the country will walk out of class at 10 am local time on Wednesday, March 14, for theNational Student Walkout, which will take place on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The walkout, with the tagline #EnoughIsEnough, will last 17 minutes — one minute for each person murdered in the Parkland, Florida, massacre.

The walkout is part protest to push lawmakers to pass gun reform, part memorial to honor victims killed by firearms. Elementary, middle, and high schools and some colleges are participating in the event, organized by Womens March Youth Empower.

More than 2,500 walkouts are planned at schools nationwide (and a few internationally), according to Womens March Youth Empower. Students will march, make signs, observe moments of silence, hand out orange ribbons, and read poems and essays on the personal scars gun violence has left behind.

The walkout unfolds amid a reinvigorated national debate over gun control and school safety, sparked by student survivors of the Parkland shooting. The teenagers have vocally and relentlessly advocated for new gun restrictions and called out lawmakers for inaction. They have repeated the mantra “never again,” a promise to make the slaughter in their high school the last.

By: Vox.com

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