More than 3,000 protests took place across the country (and the world) on Wednesday (March 14) in a mass demonstration to demand congressional action on gun violence, with many students leaving class for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. local time in honor of the 17 victims in the Feb. 14 Parkland mass shooting. The walkouts included students from elementary schools to college campuses, with students from Massachusetts, Ohio and Georgia planning to head to their statehouses to lobby for new gun legislation.
The actions were a precursor to the March 24 March for our Lives, which is expected to bring more than 500,000 protesters to Washington, D.C., to demand action on gun violence, with 740 sister marches planned around the nation and world.
Wednesday’s protests drew strong support from a number of celebrities, including Katy Perry, Pearl Jam, Josh Gad and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who applauded the action and demanded the president and Congress take decisive action. Check out some of the tweets:
On the one-month anniversary of the Parkland school shooting, students are walking out in protest of Congress’ failure to act on gun violence. Let’s support them, and the March to Washington DC in ten days—- #MarchForOurLives
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 14, 2018
We see you, kids, and we’re with you.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 14, 2018
To all the students walking out today:
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) March 14, 2018
How many times can I cry in one day- answer? No Limit Apparently !! https://t.co/jgYfo08zOB
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) March 14, 2018
Students across the country are showing more courage and conviction in their calls to stop gun violence than many members of Congress ever have.
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) March 14, 2018
Seeing these kids around the country walk out of their schools and make their voices heard for #NationalWalkoutDay gives me hope for the future. Know that we stand with you and we walk with you. #NeverAgain.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 14, 2018
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) March 14, 2018
The kids taking part in the #NationalSchoolWalkout make me so proud. Doesn’t matter how old you are, you can always stand up for what you think is right! IM WITH YOU GUYS ??—-??
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) March 14, 2018
I served 22 years so #marchforourlives could #walkout. When you exercise your right to protest, begin and end with gratitude for those who gave their lives in defense of that right. How we exercise our rights matters. https://t.co/BAqMNaBUtu pic.twitter.com/aMQnSoCPM1
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) March 14, 2018
So unbelievably proud of these students. So blown away by their unstoppable energy and their devotion to hold our legislators accountable. They are not going away, but those officials who do nothing to reform gun laws, most certainly will be. #walkout #ParklandStrong https://t.co/928ee1lBJC
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 14, 2018
And check out some of these scenes from the marches.
— Matt foertschbeck (@joppaview) March 14, 2018
Here are a few shots of the #walkout at Ithaca High School today, where hundreds of students stood outside for 17 minutes to honor the lives lost in the Parkland school shooting one month ago.#NationalWalkoutDay #twithaca pic.twitter.com/8qGKP1Gltr
— Kelsey O’Connor (@bykelseyoconnor) March 14, 2018
Students, Faculty, and community members chant in solidarity at the University of Memphis walkout. This is in response to the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. #walkout #Memphis pic.twitter.com/HQlCzHYioN
— Jeané A. Franseen (@Local24Jeane) March 14, 2018
— John Terhune (@JohnTerhuneJC) March 14, 2018
Students in thousands of U.S. schools are planning to walk out today to demand action on gun reform, on #NationalWalkoutDay. These are students from The High School of Fashion Industries in Manhattan: pic.twitter.com/a6qI6Rykzt
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) March 14, 2018
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) March 14, 2018
— Jones Blueprint (@jonesblueprint) March 14, 2018