At 10 am local time, students at more than 3,000 high schools across the country participated in the 17-minute “Enough” walkout on Wednesday — exactly one month after 17 people were killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting — to protest Congress’s failure to enhance national gun control regulations.
On Wednesday, students across the nation are walking out of class to demand Congress act NOW to end gun violence. Join us March 14th at 10am across time zones. #ENOUGHhttps://t.co/2c58ZQ0jsi pic.twitter.com/W6bNF91ej0
— Women’s March Youth (@WomensMarchY) March 12, 2018
The walkout is part of a national student-led movement to end gun violence. Student activists have also organized the “March for Our Lives” in Washington, D.C. on March 24 and a second nationwide walkout on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.
Wednesday’s walkout is being coordinated by Women’s March Youth, which has created an interactive map to track the planned protests, shared information about how to support the action, and outlined students’ demands for lawmakers.
— Women’s March Youth (@WomensMarchY) March 14, 2018
In response to disciplinary threats from administrators, the ACLU has developed legal resources for students and other participants — such as teachers, parents, and school staff, who are being encouraged to join in the actions — and has urged school officials to “approach this moment as an opportunity for learning about civic action.”