Photos and Video from National School Walkout Day

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Hundreds of students, teachers and parents across the country answered a call from Women’s March Youth EMPOWER and took part in a 17 minute National School Walkout at 10 am on March 14. The walkout was a response to the tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month, in which a gunman opened fire, killing 17 and wounding many others. The goal of the walkout is to garner the attention of Congress and urge them to pass federal gun reform legislation.

Below, we have shared the social media posts of students from Brentwood, Ravenwood, Independence, and Franklin High Schools after the walkout Wednesday morning.

I woke up this morning afraid. My friends and I had been planning this walkout for weeks and I was suddenly struck with the realization that this was all happening today. I was afraid that people wouldn’t care about this or that they would pass it off as being stupid or insignificant. I was afraid that those who had threatened us online were going to express their opposition face to face. When 10am hit, I walked out of my classroom expecting maybe twenty or so to follow behind me and I was met with an overwhelming amount of kids just like me who are as passionate about this cause as I am. Some held signs and some were solemn but we could all agree that this issue needs to be solved. I was overwhelmed and shocked at the amount of support we had. Today I marched out of school with my fellow students to prove that we don’t have to stand back silently and let these incidents keep happening. Today I walked out confident and hopeful that this is the beginning of real change. #ENOUGH #nationalschoolwalkout

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