Students across the country walked out of their classrooms Wednesday, as they called for safer schools and stronger gun-control legislation following last month’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
The Washington Post wrote that the demonstrations were “unprecedented in recent American history.” The story continued:
Supporters say the protests represent a realization of power and influence by young people raised on social media who have come of age in an era of never-ending wars, highly publicized mass shootings and virulent national politics.
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Pictures posted to Twitter showed students standing together and holding signs. At one school, they sang together. Video from another Twitter user showed students filing out quietly, holding signs. The Wilson Beacon, the student newspaper for Wilson High School in the District, posted pictures to Twitter of the school’s student walkout, showing a large crowd that had gathered.
The Post was on the ground with students as they demonstrated Wednesday, reporting from Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Oklahoma and here in Washington. (Here’s a Twitter list of some reporters who are out in the field.) We also tracked how these protests unfolded on social media. Below, you’ll find pictures, videos and social media activity that caught our eye.
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Students return from a walkout at Jones College Prep High School in Chicago. (Photo submitted by Sam Donnell)
Students protests in Victorville, Calif., on Wednesday. The students were joining a nationwide walk-out effort to advocate for better gun control and school safety. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
High school students in Barrington, Ill., walk down Main Street on Wednesday as they head to Memorial Park during a gun violence protest. (Brian Hill/Daily Herald via AP)
Students at the Philadelphia High School of Creative And Performing Arts participate in a walkout to address school safety and gun violence on Wednesday. Students across the country are walking out of classes, one month after 17 people were killed at Stoneman Douglas High in Florida. (Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
Elementary school students accompanied by their parents and guardians gather outside their school in New York on Wednesday, to take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Students from the Millennium High School in Manhattan gather during a walkout. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)
Students from New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School link arms and wear signs honoring students killed in school shootings as they participate in a walkout to protest gun violence on Wednesday. (Michael DeMocker/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP)
Students from Lusher Charter School participate in a walkout to protest gun violence on Wednesday. (Michael DeMocker/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP)
This is a developing report and has been updated.
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