Students at thousands of high schools are set to walk out and stage Vote for Our Lives events, to press for gun control on anniversary of Columbine shooting

Friday, April 20, 2018
By Paul Martin

Organizers say more 2600 demonstrations are planned from Hawaii to Maine
After walking out, many will march to state houses or discuss gun violence
Vote for Our Lives vigil held in Littleton, Colorado to remember Columbine
Columbine itself will be closed and there will the traditional community event

20 April 2018

Another wave of high school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control on the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

Organizers say more than 2,600 demonstrations are planned from Maine to Hawaii to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the shooting that left 13 people dead in Littleton, Colorado.

Ahead of the walkout, a ‘Vote for Our Lives’ rally and vigil was held in Littleton to remember victims of high school shootings, including the one that took place in Parkland, Florida on February 14.

Many students say they’ll wear orange and leave class at 10 a.m. to take a moment of silence for victims of Columbine and other shootings.

After walking out, some students will head to rallies at their statehouses, while others will stay at school to discuss gun violence.

Many New York schools are planning to rally at the city’s Washington Square Park, despite the chancellor of New York City’s education department urging them not to walk out.

Some schools in Houston and elsewhere will give students time to share their views but have warned them not to leave campus or return to class late.

Students in the Washington area are planning to march from the White House to the Capitol building, where they will rally and deliver letters to Congress calling for greater gun control.

The walkout will coincide with voter registration drives as part of the ‘Vote for Your Lives’ movement, which aims to pressure politicians to enact tighter restrictions on gun sales in the run-up to November’s mid-term congressional elections.

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