Florida students stage walkout, march toward site of deadly mass shooting

Hundreds of students from a Florida high school just miles from the site of a deadly mass shooting last week staged a walkout on Tuesday.

The students from West Boca Raton High School walked out of class and are marching toward Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a gunman killed 17 people, the Miami Herald reported.

Authorities from Palm Beach and Broward counties are following the students to make sure they are safe, a spokesman told the Miami Herald.

West Boca Raton High School is about seven miles from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


The walkout is an attempt to show solidarity with the students who survived the massacre and is a call to action, CBS News reported.

High school students in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Fla., also walked out on Tuesday, and students in Hialeah, Fla., are planning a walkout Wednesday, according to the Herald.

Since the shooting, students have become vocal advocates for gun control, calling for lawmakers to take action to prevent a future tragedy.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are planning to head to the Florida state Capitol this week to demand action from lawmakers.

Students are also planning a march later this year in Washington, D.C., to protest gun violence.