Since the horrific shooting that took place at a Florida high school last week, leaving 17 people dead, students around the state and country have been rising up in support of their fellow students, as well as to hold public officials accountable for necessary gun laws. Whether it was the day immediately following the shooting, or the consequent days that followed, it is clear that these young activists are now taking matters into their own hands, as they see their government fail them time and time again.
On Tuesday, students from West Boca Raton High School, an institution only miles away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas where the shooting took place, staged a walkout during school hours to protest against the lack of action on behalf of policymakers. The students staging the protest will be walking out, marching their way towards the Parkland high school, as a show of solidarity and advocacy with their fellow students. The two schools sit roughly seven miles apart from one another.
WATCH: Students from Florida's West Boca High School have walked out of their classes, heading towards Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as part of a call-to-action by students in the area after the mass shooting last week that killed 17 people https://t.co/JoGj3r547e pic.twitter.com/yqeNwj9PVM
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 20, 2018
According to a Miami Herald report:
‘Hundreds of students from West Boca Raton High School walked out of class Tuesday morning and headed toward Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to show solidarity with the students who lived through last week’s horror-filled shooting rampage.
A spokesman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said his agency and the Broward Sheriff’s Office were following the students just to ensure their safety and make sure the roads stayed clear.’
Florida students chanting "we want change" walk out of schools to protest gun violence https://t.co/OwTotCjeHs
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 20, 2018
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas last week was among the most deadly school shootings in recent history, and has received significant backlash not only from pro-gun control policymakers, but also students themselves as they aim to solve the ineffectiveness currently seen in government. Various students have spoken out publicly not only against the administration in their inability to pass comprehensive gun reform, but furthermore against congressional representatives, criticizing various lawmakers for their continued support and appeasement of gun lobbies, most notably the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Students held a protest outside the White House to call for gun law reform in the wake of the Florida high school shooting. In the protest, 17 students lay on the ground for three minutes to symbolize the 17 people killed. https://t.co/v9WgeZYLV1 pic.twitter.com/lFItQ5QeZk
— ABC News (@ABC) February 20, 2018
Hundreds of students decided not to wait for a nationwide walkout planned for later in March, and walked out of their school in Hollywood, Florida, on Tuesday, reportedly to protest gun violence. https://t.co/8xSr7jY78T pic.twitter.com/zsQIJuwfQk
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 20, 2018
With gun control issues beginning to directly impact their well-being and lifestyles, young students are taking matters into their own hands, demanding that their representatives are held accountable for their lapse in taking action. This new generation of activists, which many claim may be more outspoken and relentless than previous generations, is beginning to show their advocacy as issues now effect them directly. Whether through public speeches, constant school walkouts in solidarity with those affected, and other forms of activism, it is clear that these students have no intention of stopping their efforts, until some extent of reform is implemented.
Students are taking hold of the gun debate in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by organizing a series of school walkouts across the country and a march in Washington to protest gun violence. Read more: https://t.co/ax9qBhVsWz pic.twitter.com/qE42ROi8ES
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 20, 2018
As the Trump administration and GOP lawmakers continue to face backlash from this new generation of advocates, it becomes clear that there is an apparent need for their calls to be answered. Students have already planned a march on the Florida state Capitol this upcoming week, and are currently planning another protest in Washington, D.C., later this year to further demand that gun control issues be taken more seriously, and government officials implement legislation to prevent yet another future tragedy from occurring.
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