Students nationwide left classes today to participate in a nationwide walkout against gun violence. Organizers chose March 14 because it is one month to the day since a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The protest is slated to last for 17 minutes.
Some schools organized alternative events, such as writing to legislators, listening to speakers and registering to vote, to keep students from leaving school grounds.
Organizers have a list of demands for Congress, including a ban on assault-style weapons and expanded background checks. They oppose the use of guns to protect schools. A group called Empower, the youth arm of the Women’s March, is doing much of the national organizing for what is officially called the #Enough National School Walkout.
In Los Angeles, school administrators urged students to stay on campus. Most followed that recommendation, but students at a mid-city magnet school took their protest down Fairfax.