Student walkouts planned across US to protest gun violence
Students at schools across the country are organizing walkouts to protest gun violence on the one-month anniversary of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Organizers say nearly 3,000 walkouts have been planned in states from Maine to Hawaii and as far away as Australia.
The coordinated walkout is being organized by a youth wing of the group that orchestrated last year’s Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
Walkouts are expected to take place at schools ranging from the elementary to college level.
Students say they will leave class at 10 a.m. local time and demonstrate for 17 minutes. That’s one minute for each victim at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Some schools have applauded students for taking a stand, while others are threatening to punish students.