See Photos from the National School Walkout Led by Students Protesting Gun Violence
By Katie Reilly and Kim Bubello
Thousands of students marched out of their classrooms on Wednesday during a national walkout to demand action on gun violence — one month after 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
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About 3,000 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas marched onto the school’s football field, and many continued on to a park where 17 crosses had been planted in honor of each victim. “It’s been a month and maybe some people have forgotten, but we’re still here,” senior Taylor Morales, who participated in the Parkland walkout, told TIME earlier on Wednesday.
In Washington, D.C., hundreds of students rallied outside the White House and U.S. Capitol, where Democratic lawmakers joined them in demanding gun control legislation.
At other middle schools and high schools across the country — from Littleton, Colorado to New York City to Portland, Maine— students as young as 11 years old walked out of class, marched on state capitol buildings and held moments of silence for the Parkland victims. In some school districts, they did so under threat of suspension.
“Adults don’t think of children as people,” 11th grader Jasmine Johnson told TIME during a walkout in New York City on Wednesday. “Our view of what happens now is more important than theirs, because we are the future.”
See photos from demonstrations around the country below.
Students at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute stage a “lie-in” for 17 minutes to memorialize the 17 lives lost in the Parkland shooting. Kim Hairston—Baltimore Sun/TNS/Sipa
Eastern High School students walk out of class and assemble on their football field for the national school walkout in Washington, DC. Jim Lo Scalzo—EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Students at Philadelphia High School of Creative And Performing Arts participate in a walkout. Jessica Kourkounis—Getty Images
Students at Lincoln Park High School observe a moment of silence in honor of those killed in the Parkland, Fla., in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh—AP/Shutterstock
Community members and students participate in the national school walkout outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Cristobal Herrera—EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Kathy Palma, Raquel Blas and Abigail Blas hold up signs advocating for gun control during a walkout in remembrance of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Greensboro, N.C. Andrew Krech—News & Record/AP
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer holds hands with student activist Matt Post during a student gun control advocates rally outside the Capitol Building in Washington. Andrew Harnik—AP/Shutterstock
A woman holds up a drawing of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting victim Meadow Pollack during national school walkout rally in Parkland, Fla. Scott McIntyre—Bloomberg/Getty Images
Students from Harvest Collegiate High School form a circle around the fountain in Washington Square Park in New York City to take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence. Timothy A. Clary—AFP/Getty Images
Katie Reilly is a reporter for TIME. Follow her on Twitter.
Kim Bubello, who edited this photo essay, is a multimedia editor for TIME. Follow her on Twitter.