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What participants are saying about the National School Walkout
Yesterday, exactly one month after tragedy struck Parkland, Fla., kids across the country walked out of schools at 10 a.m. in every time zone for the National School Walkout.
The walkout simultaneously honored the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and served as a platform for the victims and students to demand gun control. The demonstration was organized by the minds behind the Women's March who are specifically demanding a ban on assault weapons, universal background checks before gun sales and a gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who display warning signs of violent behavior, according to CNN.
Since the Parkland shooting, the survivors and other high school students across the nation have used their voices to change the future. Here's what they were saying on Twitter during the walkout.
MSDHS shooting surviors and March for Our Lives leaders, like Sarah Chadwick, shared these words:
From Emma Gonzalez:
Good Luck, Stay Safe, and Kick B*tt to all those walking out of school today ! 💞💞 https://t.co/FGRdXTkrbD— Emma González (@Emma4Change) March 14, 2018
From Ryan Deitsch:
We are not walking out to disrupt education, we are walking out to protect it.#NeverAgain— 🔥HƆƧTIƎᗡ ИAYЯ🔥 (@Ryan_Deitsch) March 13, 2018
Matt Deitsch urged people to participate in March for Our Lives, too:
There are currently 725 (!!!) marches all around the world. There is no excuse for you to not be out there demanding change.— Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) March 14, 2018
Together we can say #NeverAgain.
Together we can save countless innocent lives.
March 24th worldwide#MarchForOurLives
David Hogg's message was inspirational:
The first step to changing the world is believing that you can. #walkoutandwalkup— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 14, 2018
Taryn's was somber:
I miss having to explain where Parkland is— Taryn #NeverAgain (@tarynsara) March 12, 2018
Cameron used his platform to speak out against politicians he disagrees with:
#IWillMarch to demand the change from those who should be representing the people, not the gun manufacturers filling their pockets.— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) March 14, 2018
Our politicians work for us and they are failing us.
We march to tell them that we will triumph over greed and corruption.#MarchForOurLives
Students across the country also shared their experiences of the walkout on Twitter, like this student who walked out solo:
This student's march seems to have had more participants:
Just like David Hogg, Emilia looked on the bright side:
Shoutout to all the other kids walking out in conservative schools/towns today.— Emilia (@PoliticalEmilia) March 14, 2018
I know how it feels. I’m in the same position.
Just know that what you’re doing is SO important, and you are never alone🧡 #NationalWalkoutDay
We got chills from this tweet, TBH (BTW, have you registered to vote yet?):
11 words that will strike fear in the heart of every NRA-enabled Republican:— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) March 14, 2018
“I am 18 and I am going to vote this year.” #NationalWalkoutDay
Short and sweet and to the point:
This survivor is still greiving:
I still grieve as if it was yesterday. It’s been a month since my friends, classmates, and coaches were victims to gun violence. I fight for them today, I walk out for them today, I am with them everyday.— Kyra (@longlivekcx) March 14, 2018
These students were apparently punished for participating:
being given detention and truancies to protest something we care about is the most ignorant thing ever #NationalWalkoutDay— brenda 🌹 (@roseyhayes) March 14, 2018