National School Walkout – Students Demand Stricter Gun Control
DATE 18-03-14 08:39
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By Alex Kim | News Korea


In the wake of the massacre that took place in Florida last month, students across the country marched for stricter gun control on Wednesday, March 14th.


Students surged out of schools at 10 a.m. in each time zone and marched for 17 minutes, each minute symbolizing a lost life in Parkland shooting.


Close to 200,000 students and supporters across the country were scheduled to participate in the National School Walkout.


A month ago, students at Stoneman Douglas High School planned to raise awareness of gun violence in schools and remember the 17 people that lost their lives on that day by standing outside the school in solidarity for 17 minutes. Since its public announcement, the movement received national attention and support.


North Texas schools have reported limited participation in the National School Walkout due to spring break. Nevertheless, North Texas students are joining in the movement against gun-related deaths in schools. According to D Magazine, students in McKinney walked out of campuses on February 21st and over 600 students from Southlake joined in the movement last week. McKinney students are currently planning a walkout on April 20th to commemorate the victims of Columbine High School shooting which took place 19 years ago on this date.


The participants of today’s walkout demanded the following actions from congress: ban assault rifles, strengthen universal background checks for gun purchases, pass a law that allows for the confiscation of firearms from people who exhibit potentially life-threatening behavior.


Chants and signs surrounded the White House today. Hundreds of students from Washington area stood outside the White House and criticized the inaction by congress and demanded new gun laws.


Simultaneously, in the midst of thousands of students demanding safer school environment, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a school-safety bill today which it will provide an annual grant of $50 million for security measures such as metal detectors and training programs for teachers and students.

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