Chicago High Schoolers Stage Walk Out In Response to school shooting

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By: Carlie Williams

Image from Chicago Tribune Article; students protesting gun violence

On Wednesday,  students attending a number of high schools across the Chicagoland area staged a Walk Out in response to the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

On Feb. 14, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, shot and killed 17 young adults and teachers.

Since the massacre, students have staged protests across the country.

According to an article by the Chicago Tribune, the words “Save our Kids,” “Kids over Guns,” and “How many more” were plastered on dozens of signs as students poured out of a Schaumburg high school.

EMPOWER, a branch of The Women’s March centered around Youth, is encouraging students to walk out again on March 14 at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes, one minute for each person murdered during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

On March 24, in what’s being called the March for Our Lives, parents, gun control advocates, students, and supporters plan to take the streets across the nation.

While the main protest will be held in Washington DC, sister marches are being planned in cities across the country, including Chicago.

Julie Webber, a professor at the Illinois State University, said, “Students have stood up and said, ‘We’ll be the leaders then.'”

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