This Wednesday, March 14, high school students from coast to coast will stand up to gun violence by walking out of their schools. March 14 marks the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, where a single shooter used semi-automatic weapons to kill 17 students and teachers.
Enough is enough!
Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10am on March 14, 2018. Join us in saying #ENOUGH!https://t.co/8ZE8uthRlZ pic.twitter.com/45yCZl4zDm
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) February 16, 2018
The March 14 walkout is the latest in a series of student-led protests and marches to demand government action. Students are demanding a ban of weapons commonly used to commit mass shootings. Specifically, participants want Congress to:
- Ban assault weapons
- Require universal background checks before gun sales
- Pass a gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior
After School, the largest teen-focused social network in the U.S., is asking students if they will be participating in the walkout and providing additional information about the student-led protests.
Students and those in support of these efforts continue to organize activities to raise awareness, including:
- March 24: March For Our Lives, Washington, D.C.
The March For Our Lives will take place on March 24 in Washington D.C. Participants are protesting to “demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings.” Organizers are encouraging supporters to join them in DC for the event or march in their respective communities.
- April 20: National High School Walkout
The Network for Public Education is organizing a National High School Walkout on April 20, which is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting with similar goals.
In addition to the walkouts and marches, students and thousands of others have taken to social media, using the hashtags #NeverAgain and #BanMachineGuns. Are you joining the movement? If so, get involved with DoSomething.org here.