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Students Around The Country Walk Out On #NationalWalkoutDay

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#NationalWalkoutDay, March 14th, 2018

Students around the country walked out of class today in a protest against gun violence and school shootings. The protest is part of a growing student lead movement demanding action from their politicians and not just words of consolation.

The movement sprang up and organized after the Parkland shooting in Florida where 17 students and teachers died.

The movement has also organized a “March for Our Lives” protest in the streets of Washington D.C. on March 24th and another nationwide walkout on April 20th. A petition for the April 20th walkout has already received over 250,000 signatures.

Coinciding with the student walkout, activists placed 7,000 pairs of shoes on the White House lawn. Each pair of shoes represented one of the estimated 7,000 children that have died from a gun since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.

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7,000 shoes displayed on the lawn of the White House, via CNN video

While groups of students walked out of their schools together around the country today, in North Carolina one young man was the only one of his 700 classmates to participate in #NationalWalkoutDay.

 

Nickelodeon even joined in the protests and went off the air for 17 minutes as a show of solidarity with protesting students. More scenes from around the country on #NationalWalkoutDay.

 


 

Related:

Is A Moral Movement For Gun Control Taking Hold?

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Lauren von Bernuth

Lauren is one of the co-founders of Citizen Truth. She graduated with a degree in Political Economy from Tulane University. She spent the following years backpacking around the world and starting a green business in the health and wellness industry. She found her way back to politics and discovered a passion for journalism dedicated to finding the truth.

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  1. Bonita March 25, 2018

    Not making light of the recent school shooting in which 17 kids lost their lives…but New York magazine reports the following that should at least be taken into consideration, and we need to look at all of these reasons for the death of our nation’s children and decide what is in our power to change the laws involving riding in a car, swimming, and in eating since the risk of dying is so much more bound to happen.

    American children do not “risk their lives” when they show up to school each morning — or at least, not nearly as much as they do whenever they ride in a car, swim in a pool, or put food in their mouths (an American’s lifetime odds of dying in a mass shooting committed in any location is 1 in 11,125; of dying in a car accident is 1 and 491; of drowning is 1 in 1,133; and of choking on food is 1 in 3,461). Criminal victimization in American schools has collapsed in tandem with the overall crime rate, leaving U.S. classrooms safer today than at any time in recent memory.

    Has any of these FACTS been told to these rebellious kids? Of course not.

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