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Women's March Group Plans National School Walkout for Gun Reform

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, at Pine Trail Park  in Parkland, Florida. (Hoo-Me.com/ MediaPunch/IPX)

By    |   Saturday, 17 February 2018 10:57 AM

A national school walk-out is planned next month by the organizers of the Women's March to protest Congress' lack of action on gun reform following mass shootings, The Hill reported Saturday.

Students, teachers and parents are invited to participate in the event titled Women's March Youth EMPOWER, which will be a 17-minute walkout on March 14 at 10 a.m. The city of the country's latest mass school shooting, Parkland, Florida, is one of the sites where a walkout is planned.

"We need action. Students and allies are organizing the national school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship," the group's website said.

"Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school.

"Parents have the right to send their kids to school in the mornings and see them home alive at the end of the day.

"We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns. Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence.

"We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will join in 2020," the message on the website continued.

Two dozen walkouts across the country are already planned, according to the organizers' website, which also includes information for other localities wishing to participate.

The walkout event follows the deadly mass shooting on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida which left 17 dead. Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspect in the shooting, claimed "demon" voices told him to carry out the violence, according to law enforcement sources.

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