The Tampa Bay Times chronicled today's school walkouts in solidarity with the victims of the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland. Here's what Florida schools looked like today.
At Clearwater High, principal Keith Mastorides estimated that about 60 percent of the school's 2,000 students walked out. Students gathered in the stands at the school's stadium. A bell rang 17 times, once for each of the victims of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
It’s chilly and windy outside but that didn’t stop students from filing into the bleachers during fourth period. Principal Keith Mastorides estimates that at least 60 percent of Clearwater High’s 2,000 students walked out. pic.twitter.com/q3WWwBMjj1— Colleen Wright (@Colleen_Wright) March 14, 2018
The school chorus performed the song “One Voice.”
CHS chorus performing song called “One Voice.” pic.twitter.com/AlvIfmbLYT— Colleen Wright (@Colleen_Wright) March 14, 2018
Getting ready here. They’re hanging the support chain on the bleacher fences and set up a bell to ring 17 times for the 17 victims. pic.twitter.com/teOPVJupiI— Colleen Wright (@Colleen_Wright) March 14, 2018
The memorial. pic.twitter.com/XOBjpWYsmw— Colleen Wright (@Colleen_Wright) March 14, 2018
Dozens of students also gathered at St. Petersburg’s Gibbs High School. They held hands in a circle in the school courtyard during a moment of silence. They also read of the names of the 17 victims in the Parkland school shooting.
Students hold hands as they gather for a moment of silence during a reading of the names of the 17 victims in the #Parkland school shooting on #NationalSchoolWalkout day in the courtyard at @gibbshigh in #StPete. #GunViolence #SchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/g4d50qVpOQ— Dirk Shadd (@DirkShadd) March 14, 2018
Principal Reuben Hepburn reads off the names of the 17 victims in the #Parkland school shooting as students stand in silence holding hands in a circle @gibbshigh on #NationalSchoolWalkout day in #StPete. #GunViolence #SchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/Bq90FF44xb— Dirk Shadd (@DirkShadd) March 14, 2018
Students gather for a moment of silence during a reading of the names of the 17 victims in the #Parkland school shooting on #NationalSchoolWalkout day in the courtyard at @GibbsHigh in #StPete. #GunViolence #SchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/CAtuQcg0bA— Dirk Shadd (@DirkShadd) March 14, 2018
More than 250 students at Crews Lake Middle School in Shady Hills turned out for a 17-minute vigil in their school pavilion. The students and teachers remained silent for 17 seconds, releasing a white helium balloon after the name of each victim was read.
“We don’t think that kids should have to go to school and be scared,” said Natalia Powers, an eighth-grader and one of the event organizers. “People might say we’re not old enough to hold a rally but anyone can take a stand and have a voice.”
Dozens of students walked out of Miami Beach senior high.
Coconut Grove students, led by Democratic congressional candidate Ken Russell, also marched to Miami City Hall chanting “enough is enough.”
Students then participated in a discussion with city officials about how to change gun policy at a local level.
School #walkout has turned into “Civics 101” class, with students asking Miami lawmaker exactly what was passed by Fla Leg, @kenrussellmiami explaining how city comish works. pic.twitter.com/dflUe81S93— Martin Vassolo (@martindvassolo) March 14, 2018
The eyes of the nation were on the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, who lost 14 of their classmates and 3 of their teachers one month ago Wednesday in a horrific mass shooting.
MSD students participated in a massive group hug.
Students giving each other “the world’s biggest group hug” on football field as they chant “MSD strong “— Kyra Gurney (@KyraGurney) March 14, 2018
After seventeen minutes — one for each Feb. 14 victim — some Douglas students returned to class. Others walked to a separate rally in a near by park. And some of them were joined by students from a local middle school.
High school and middle school students joined forces and are headed to Pine Trails Park pic.twitter.com/zmqJ3iKJVz— Kyra Gurney (@KyraGurney) March 14, 2018
At Westglades Middle students walked out to basketball courts at 10am. Then they suddenly started running toward Stoneman Douglas, students say. 6th grader Pranya Nettem said she was worried about getting in trouble but “I thought it was worth it”— Kyra Gurney (@KyraGurney) March 14, 2018
The students gathered at a nearby park for a rally. They chanted in support of stricter gun laws.
Students have gathered at park stage. “We’re not just kids anymore because we looked down the barrel of a gun” says student addressing her classmates pic.twitter.com/se1aKSU4wJ— Kyra Gurney (@KyraGurney) March 14, 2018
“Gun control now!” students chant at demonstration— Kyra Gurney (@KyraGurney) March 14, 2018
Students at Gainesville’s Buchholz high school also staged a walkout, according to The Alligator. They marched to Congressman David Yoho’s office.
Today at 11:15 I’ll be covering Buchholz High School students as they march from school to Congressman Ted Yoho’s office to advocate gun safety, restrictions following Parkland. Follow along— David Hoffman (@hoffdavid123) March 14, 2018
Buchholz ninth graders Elisa Asseng and Sydney Pomeranz hold a sign with all 17 victims’ names and ages, with #NeverAgain. “We shouldn’t have to feel afraid in school,” Asseng said. “We’re just kids.” pic.twitter.com/hYXpiWV7nm— David Hoffman (@hoffdavid123) March 14, 2018