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Students gather outside White House after walkout to protest gun violence

Students on Friday walked out of their classrooms across the country in what is the latest in a series of national movements to protest gun violence in schools.

In the Washington, D.C., area, students gathered in front of the White House and are planning to walk to the Capitol later during the day, according to MNSBC.


The National School Walkout is a student-led movement held on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School mass shooting.

According to the movement’s website, more than 2,600 official walkout events are planned nationwide.

Students at the White House are planning to hold 19 minutes of silence to commemorate the 19 years since Columbine. 

Friday’s walkout comes about a month after hundreds of thousands of people gathered in cities nationwide for the March for Our Lives. Students also participated in a nationwide walkout days before the March for Our Lives event, marking one month since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

Remnants of the March for Our Lives were present at Friday’s protest at the White House.

One photo shared by a CNN reporter shows students wearing the “$1.05” price tags that were printed by the March for Our Lives organizers to target Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for donations he has received from the National Rifle Association. They said they came up with the number by dividing how much Rubio has received from the organization with the total number of students in Florida schools.

Students also carried signs calling for gun control, some commemorating the Parkland shooting by listing the names of the 17 people killed.


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