A Sea of Youth: Thousands of Students Walk Out of School to Protest Gun Violence

Thousands of students across California and the nation walked out of their classes on Wednesday to protest gun violence one month after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The walkouts were typically followed by a 17-minute moment of silence to symbolize the 17 lives lost on that tragic Valentine’s Day afternoon.

The scenes out California were impressive. Some of the most striking images from across the country can be seen here.

In some parts of the state, mayors and city councilmen joined in the effort. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and City Councilman Eric Guerra were among the local officials encouraging students to walk out of their classrooms Wednesday. Both of them stood alongside students at Hiram Johnson High School who were demonstrating.

At the Murrieta Valley High School, teens staged a different kind of protest. Dubbed “Walk Up Not Out,” the Murrieta event was focused more on anti-bullying efforts and student outreach than on politics or gun control. City Councilman Randon Lane was in attendance.

More than 3,000 school walkouts took place nationwide Wednesday. CalSchoolNews.org will be taking a closer look at some of the demonstrations today.