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Students at more than 2,800 schools across the U.S. and as far away as Australia and Germany plan to walk out of class for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. Wednesday to protest gun violence and mark the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed in that shooting, and most of the students participating will be calling for stricter gun laws. Some schools are embracing the protests, while others pledge to suspend any students who participate. Another walkout is planned for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, and a march in Washington on March 24. The Broward County, Florida, state attorney's office said Tuesday that prosecutors would seek the death penalty against confessed Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz.
Exactly a month after a gunman stormed into a Florida high school and killed 17 people, a generation shaped by gun violence will let its voices be heard. The National School Walkout, considered a memorial and a protest, happened today at 10 a.m. local time nationwide, with students walking out of schools and universities for 17 minutes — one minute to honor each Florida victim.