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See Photos from the National School Walkout Led by Students Protesting Gun Violence

Thousands of local students march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the US Capitol during a nationwide student walkout for gun control in Washington, DC, March 14, 2018. - Saul Loeb—AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of local students march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the US Capitol during a nationwide student walkout for gun control in Washington, DC, March 14, 2018. Saul Loeb—AFP/Getty Images

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.

Kim Hairston—Baltimore Sun/TNS/Sipa
Kim Hairston—Baltimore Sun/TNS/Sipa

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

Jim Lo Scalzo—EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Jim Lo Scalzo—EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

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

Jessica Kourkounis—Getty Images
Jessica Kourkounis—Getty Images

Students at Philadelphia High School of Creative And Performing Arts participate in a walkout. Jessica Kourkounis—Getty Images

Nam Y. Huh—AP/Shutterstock
Nam Y. Huh—AP/Shutterstock

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

Cristobal Herrera—EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Cristobal Herrera—EPA-EFE/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

Andrew Krech—News & Record/AP
Andrew Krech—News & Record/AP

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

Andrew Harnik—AP/Shutterstock
Andrew Harnik—AP/Shutterstock

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

Scott McIntyre—Bloomberg/Getty Images
Scott McIntyre—Bloomberg/Getty Images

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

Timothy A. Clary—AFP/Getty Images
Timothy A. Clary—AFP/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.

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