Northern Virginia school students walked out of classes Thursday to call for action following a shooting that killed 19 elementary students and two teachers in Texas this week, and more are planning to walk out again.
Students in Northern Virginia walked out of school Thursday to call for action following a shooting that killed 19 elementary students and two teachers in Texas this week, and more are planning to walk out again.
They joined students from across the US who also walked out and called on lawmakers to do more to protect them from gun violence.
Students Demand Action, a group that raises awareness of gun safety issues and solutions, announced a call to organize a strike.
Students from McLean High School in McLean and Meridian High School in Falls Church were among those who participated.
More than 100 McLean High School students chanted “Are we next?” and “How many more?” New companion NBC Washington reported. Organizer Bennett Brunner told NBC Washington that the students wanted to promote social change, saying the lesson to be learned is not for the students but for lawmakers.
“A change is coming, and they really need to include new platforms, as mass shootings have proliferated in 2021 and 2022,” Brunner said.
Watch NBC Washington’s coverage of the student walkout.
Students from Oxford High School in Michigan, where four people were killed in November, also came out Thursday, forming a “U” on the football field to show support for the Uvalde, Texas, victims and their families. The Associated Press reported.
On Friday, students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County also plan to pull out.
The March for Our Lives, the student-led movement founded after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, said that hold a march on June 11 in DC It is the second march of the group since 2018, when it was founded.
After the Texas school shooting, several school systems in the DC area said they they were increasing their security out of an abundance of caution. However, before the schools announced increased security, a Maryland man charged with threatening mass violence to a primary school and a business.
Recently, a high school in Prince George’s County, Maryland, locked up on thursday after a student brought parts of a ghost gun into a classroom.
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