On March 14, thousands of students and administrators across the nation walked out of their schools in order to protest gun violence as part of the Enough! National School Walkout. The event took place exactly one month after the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School claimed 17 lives in Parkland, FL, and is the culmination of a significant effort on behalf of teenagers across the country looking to change gun policy once and for all.
In the nation’s capital, students marched down Pennsylvania Avenue and, upon reaching the White House, sat in silence for 17 minutes to honor victims of the shooting. Members of Congress including Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, and Nancy Pelosi were also in attendance. At press time, demonstrations have also taken place in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and more. A walkout also occurred at Newtown High School in Sandy Hook, CT, where a shooting at an elementary school claimed 28 lives in 2012.
The demonstration at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was one of the most powerful scenes to emerge from the day’s events. The sign in front of the school was surrounded by flowers, cards, and candles, and several protesters held sketches of those killed in the shooting. Students were also invited to give speeches and address their fellow classmates about the issues at hand. “We should all be in school. We should be studying for tests that we will probably fail,” joked senior Leonor Munoz, adding, “But we face a test of the future.”