2A/EDUCATION/GUNS/PROTESTS: “Students on the East Coast began a national walkout Wednesday [3-14-18] morning to press elected officials to take action on school gun violence, one month after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School here killed 17 people.
At 10:00 a.m., students at Stoneman Douglas streamed out in droves to the football field, where they stood quietly or milled about. With hundreds of students gathered on the field, a man addressed the crowd. ‘We are going to make change and it’s already starting,’ he said. Then he asked a school staffer to cue a song on the loudspeakers: ‘Shine,’ which Stoneman Douglas students performed at a CNN town hall on gun violence.
Minutes later, a crowd of students from nearby Westglades Middle School began marching toward the school, eventually reaching the hundreds and gathering outside the fence. They erupted into chants, including ‘No more rifles!’…
More than 2,800 demonstrations in all 50 states were expected to draw hundreds of thousands of students and others, according to organizers with Women’s March Youth Empower, which helped coordinate the ‘#Enough’ school walkouts.
Students were taking a range of approaches, from calling for moments of silence to delivering speeches to organizing voter registration and lobbying drives. Events were scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. local time and to last 17 minutes, one for each shooting victim.”
-Arian Campo-Flores, “Students Stage National School Walkout to Protest Shootings,” The Wall Street Journal online, Mar. 14, 2018 10:45am