Thousands of students across the country staged a walkout Wednesday to honor the 17 students killed last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
In addition to commemorating the victims, the protests are intended to help spur national action to reduce gun violence. During the walkouts, students planned to observe 17 minutes of silence, one minute for each person killed in the Florida mass shooting.
See photos from the walkouts below.
“Blood is being spilled in our classrooms. Teachers should be armed with pens, not guns. Students should not be afraid of attending school. And to the NRA: stop buying out politicians, stop risking our lives.” - Jason, freshman, Lowell High in SF #NationalWalkoutDay pic.twitter.com/rNWeaJHNug— Sarah Ruiz-Grossman (@sarah_grossman) March 14, 2018