Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Students across the United States walked out of school on Wednesday demanding action on gun violence as part of the grassroots momentum that started after the Florida high school shooting in February. 

Over 3,000 walkouts were planned around the world, organizers said, and left class at 10 a.m. in their respective local time zones for exactly 17 minutes in honour of the same number of students who died in the Parkland school gun attack.

In video posted on social media, students chanted “hey, hey, ho, ho. The NRA has got to go!” and “what do we want? Gun control! When do we want it? Now!”

It has been a month to the day when 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Shooting survivor David Hogg live streamed on YouTube the walkout at Stoneman Douglas, saying that students could not be expected to remain in class when there was work to do to prevent gun violence.

Hogg, a senior, interviewed several of his peers during the time they spent outside.

More details to follow. Image of protests outside the White House from Jim Bourg/Reuters. 

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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