Today, thousands of students are taking to the streets to protest gun violence, imploring officials to do something, anything, after the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, last month. Starting at 10 a.m. this morning, students and others disenchanted by the unwillingness of U.S. lawmakers to enact sensible gun legislation left their classrooms and workplaces en masse, and made their presence known. Now hashtags like #StudentWalkout and #NationalWalkoutDay are trending.
The walkouts took place at schools across the country. Here’s a few pictures and videos of the protests:
— Jim Matthews (@jmatthe79) March 14, 2018
— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) March 14, 2018
— Bradley E. Williams (@B_RadWill) March 14, 2018
— John W Beckham (@jbeckhamlat) March 14, 2018
— Dan Milano ???? (@DanMilanoHere) March 14, 2018
— Lynn Johnston (@lynnjohnstonlit) March 14, 2018
Total silence outside this elementary school, with more than 60 students protesting and dozens of parents watching. Only sound is posters flapping in the wind. pic.twitter.com/4RaG3osZue
— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) March 14, 2018
Looking at the bravery of these students–many of whom are facing suspensions for leaving school unauthorized–it seems the kids are okay.