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Today, tens of thousands of students in the U.S. are walking out of school to demand action on gun violence in the biggest demonstration of student activism since last month's massacre in Florida, as The Chicago Tribune reports.
Marking one month since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students are leaving class at 10 a.m. local time today to walk out for 17 minutes as a way of paying tribute to the 17 victims who lost their lives.
"I think halfway through it really hit me, and I think everyone around, that these are teenagers just like us and that their lives were taken innocently—and that time is needed for change," high schooler Max Poteat, a student who helped lead a walkout at North Carolina's East Chapel Hill High School, told The Chicago Tribune.
The walkout today is preceding the March 24 March For Our Lives in Washington, organized by Stoneman Douglas students, which is expected to bring more than 500,000 protesters to Washington, D.C. to demand action on gun violence, as Billboard reports.
Musicians are showing their support for the students participating in the walkout today, commending their action and demanding a change.
I am 100% on the side of kids not wanting to be shot in school, over those whose only wish is to sell more and deadlier guns.— snddoɥ ʞɹɐɯ (@markhoppus) March 14, 2018
Alex Gaskarth, All Time Low:
Hayley Williams, Paramore:
like these kinda tweets too. big love to all the students today❤️���� https://t.co/9BMHkOKdWw— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) March 14, 2018
get it, hometown bbs! ����❤️ https://t.co/PXjLgujYMn— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) March 14, 2018
Dan Campbell, The Wonder Years:
Proud of all of you participating in National Walkout Day.— Dan Campbell (@headabovewater) March 14, 2018
infinite respect to any kids participating in the walk out today, you’re truly making an impact.— Sorority Noise (@sororitynoise) March 14, 2018
Thank You to the thousands of young people who are taking action and demanding change today. You’re amazing and you inspire me. #NationalWalkoutDay— Jamie Tworkowski (@jamietworkowski) March 14, 2018
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT ��— Tay Jardine (@SAINTEsays) March 14, 2018
National School Walkout: Live Updates - The New York Times https://t.co/zEfEfZbl7G
If you are forced to serve detentions for walking out, remember you will be able to vote out those school boards that do not allow you to express your feelings. This march is about the youth taking control of their future. #NeverAgain— KevinLyman (@KevinLyman) March 14, 2018
I hope the lawmakers are paying attention, all these young people marching will be voting now or soon.. Pay attention, the youth have awaken! #NeverAgain— KevinLyman (@KevinLyman) March 14, 2018
Tegan and Sara:
I support all of the students (and appreciate all of the School Administrators) who are participating in today’s #NationalWalkoutDay You are our future and using your collective voices for the common good of humanity is something you should be applauded for.— Chris Biersack (@ChrisABiersack) March 14, 2018