Students across the country are walking out of their classrooms Wednesday, as they call for safer schools and stronger gun-control legislation following last month’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
The Washington Post’s Joe Heim and Susan Svrluga wrote that many of the walkouts are expected to last 17 minutes, a passage of time that will serve as a symbolic tribute to those killed in Parkland, Fla.
Supporters say they represent a realization of power and influence by young people raised on social media who have come of age in an era of never-ending wars, highly publicized mass shootings and virulent national politics.
The Post is on the ground with students as they demonstrate Wednesday, reporting from Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Oklahoma and here in Washington. (Here’s a Twitter list of some reporters who are out in the field.) We’re also tracking how these protests unfold on social media. Below, you’ll find pictures, videos and social media activity that caught our eye. We’ll be updating this blog post throughout the day as demonstrations continue.
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This is a developing story and will be updated.
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