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
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
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.