Thousands of students across the country walked out of school on Thursday to protest lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, two days after a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 children and two teachers.
Students Demand Action, a grassroots group that is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, organized walkouts in more than 200 schools in at least 34 states to call on lawmakers to take action against gun violence.
From California to Rhode Island, students chanted “enough is enough” and held up homemade signs that read “thoughts and prayers aren’t enough,” “how many more kids” and “fuck the NRA.” Go.”
On Tuesday, an 18-year-old gunman shot and Murder of 19 children (mostly 10 year olds) I and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a predominantly Latinx community in South Texas.
Shooting took place less than two weeks later An 18-year-old white supremacist shot and killed 10 black people in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
Four years ago, thousands of students walked out of class Calls on Congress across the country to pass gun safety measures after a former student shot dead 17 people at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Here’s what students across the country are saying:
On Thursday, students walkout from Saugas High School in Santa Clarita, where In 2019, two students were killed in a school shooting, “It happened to me… it could happen to you too,” read one student’s sign. Another sign just read “Fuck the NRA”.
Students at Oak Park and River Forest High School in a Chicago suburb told a crowd of classmates: “It was never about kids or mental health. It’s about money…till our country learns to give life over property, this will continue. ,
students from Oxford High School, where A 16-year-old shot and killed four of his classmates in November. High schoolers formed a “U” on the football field in honor of Uvalde.
In Kansas City, a student painted a sign with blood-red handprints and the words “I want to feel safe.” In St. Charles, a student just out of school said to her mother: “Thoughts and prayers are not enough,
In Camden, high school students walked out shouting “Stop the violence.” Signs read: “We need gun control!”
In Queens, a student who had just dropped out of school had a sign that read: “How many more children will have to die before our lawmakers act.”
In Shaker Heights, a girl wrote on her poster: “You want to ban abortion because ‘it’s killing babies’ but no gun control?”
Students in Providence gathered outside the State House and staged a “die-in” while lying on the ground to protest calls for legislative action on guns.
In Charlottesville, teenagers held up homemade signs reading “Enough is enough” and “How many more kids.” A sign read: “How loud must the scream be before you can hear it?”
Mariella Boudreau, a senior at Whitefish Bay High School, told Spectrum News that “One of the most important things is to keep guns out of our schools,
“It’s so painful to see all those stories of kids being killed in school,” she said, “especially because school should be the place where you’re the safest and you feel the safest.”