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Students demand action on gun violence in nationwide school walkouts
Students spilled out of classrooms in a coast-to-coast protest against gun violence prompted by the deadly rampage at a Florida school.
Students participating in a national school walkout to protest gun violence turn their backs to the White House at a rally on Pennsylvania Avenue on March 14.
Tens of thousands of students across the U.S. staged a national walkout Wednesday morning, exactly one month after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
Organizers said the purpose was to highlight "Congress’ inaction against the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods."
Students march in support of the school walkout in Queens.
The protest was held at 10 a.m. local time across time zones. It lasted 17 minutes, one minute for each of the victims killed at the high school in Parkland, Florida.
"I believe in the second amendment, but I've read this thing called the Constitution, and second amendment, meet the first amendment", says Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan as she holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution while speaking to National School Walkout participants at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Students from Harvest Collegiate High School form a circle around the fountain in Washington Square Park in Manhattan.
Morgan O'Neill, a junior at Cheyenne's East High, is embraced by junior Amber Thompson after being overcome with emotion during a walkout demonstration at the school. Carnations were placed on desks to symbolize those killed in the Parkland, Florida, shooting.
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