Students Hold National School Walkout to Protest Gun Violence

Students across the country Wednesday engaged in a 17-minute classroom walkout exactly a month after the mass shooting at a Florida school, both to honor the 17 students and staff members killed and to demand action on gun violence.

Dozens of D.C.-area students gathered outside the White House, protesting the spate of school killings that have occurred in recent years.

Each minute of the National School Walkout, which began at 10 a.m., paid homage to the 17 victims gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.

Although some school districts such Fairfax and Arlington counties in Virginia did not implicitly endorse the walkout and marked participating students as absent from their classes, other districts threatened students with suspension that could impede their acceptance at certain colleges and universities.

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