USA students stage walkouts in the thousands to protest gun violence

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A line of 17 students held lighted candles, one for each of the Florida shooting victims. The training goes beyond locking down schools and keeping students in rooms.

Hundreds of outraged Bay State students - saying they're exhausted of active-shooter drills and mass-killing headlines - jammed the State House yesterday to demand stronger gun control, joining the national student walkout movement on their snow day.

Some students circled around the american flag in the front of the school.

Wednesday's demonstrations locally and nationwide occurred from 10 to 10:17 a.m. - each minute was dedicated to one of the 17 victims - as a way to raise awareness of and advocate for gun control and school safety measures.

During the protest, senior Katie Craver read the names of those killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. "No more gun violence".

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Hundreds of Montclair High School students stood outside in the amphitheater. "But this is not the world I want to live in".

Regardless of social group, Minton said it was impressive to see so many people come together. "I think the message should be: We don't want to take away guns; we want to take guns away from insane people".

Word about the event spread throughout the student population via Twitter and by word of mouth, Francis said, adding he was surprised by the large student turnout. "Everything was going fine, until it started to get rowdy", said Fares Ali, a senior at the high school, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools District took a neutral position on the issue, said Superintendent Craig Sundblad.

"All students exited the classrooms peacefully at the designated time and reported to their appointed area for the peaceful protest".

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Justin Blackman, 16, was the only student to walk out of his school in Wilson Preparatory Academy in support of the movement. "In compliance with the District's policy "... to protect the exercise of students' and employees' free speech rights, [while] taking into consideration the educational objectives and responsibilities of the School District", the sign was moved to non-school grounds.

Most of the students in high school right now will be of voting age during the next presidential election, and that's no small thing. New CPS CEO Janice Jackson said CPS supports the students. In response, Keranen reached out and stated gathering up other students.

In the video tweeted by Blackman, he can be heard saying, "It's National Walkout Day, I'm the only one in my school out here". They carried signs with messages like "Never again" and 'Am I next?'

Justin says when he went back inside after the 17-minute protest, his fellow students promised to walk out during next month's protest on April 14.

"People are mad and upset", Francis said after the protest.

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In February, Woodbury High School juniors Jackson McGough and Suha Musa launched the Twitter page Woodbury High School Activists by announcing plans for the walkout. "So I think adults need to be kept in and have this relationship with kids".

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