Thousands of students and teachers across the US plan to walk out of schools to call for increased gun control measures to prevent more mass shootings.
The demonstrations will take place on Wednesday and will last for 17 minutes to honor the 17 people killed on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month.
It was the second-deadliest shooting at a public school in US history.
There have already been at least 14 school shootings in the US since the beginning of 2018. That averages out to 1.5 shooting a week.
The walkout was called by Women’s March Youth Empower. The group said in a statement the walkout is being called “to protest Congress’ refusal to take action on the gun violence epidemic plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.”
Thousands of students have already staged protests in Washington and the state of Florida after the shooting.
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