It’s Exactly One month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students and teachers around the country will stage a walkout protesting gun violence in the United States. There are currently thousands of schools participating in the National School Walkout, which will last for 17 minutes — one minute for each victim of the massacre.
The walkouts, which are the idea of EMPOWER, the youth branch of the Women’s March, are occurring all over the country and even internationally, with one in Mexico and one in Canada. According to the walkout’s website, more than 2,545 schools will see walkouts Wednesday. Students want to use their voices to enact change when it comes to gun legislature in America, which currently has the 31st highest rate of gun violence in the world.
“We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns,” the Facebook event for the protest, “Enough! National Student Walkout,” reads. The ultimate goal of the walkouts is to get Congress to “take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence.”