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Students, teachers and administrative staff across the country are planning to walk out of their schools on March 14. The 10 a.m. walkout is scheduled to last 17 minutes—one minute for each of the 17 victims of the February 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. The alleged shooter is facing the death penalty.
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In addition to honoring the shooting victims, the primary goal is to inspire Congress on gun violence. The official demands from their website include:
“We demand that Congress enact an immediate resolution declaring gun violence a public health crisis and dedicating federal funding to research solutions and implement violence intervention programs. We demand Congress recognize all forms of gun violence, including violence committed by police.”
The event has been garnering attention for weeks. Is your child walking out? How do you feel about this movement?