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.
The school chorus performed the song “One Voice.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The students gathered at a nearby park for a rally. They chanted in support of stricter gun laws.
Students at Gainesville’s Buchholz high school also staged a walkout, according to The Alligator. They marched to Congressman David Yoho’s office.
Around the nation
Students joined in on the walkout nationwide, prompting praise from parents and teachers -- but also warnings to the children that participation could result in disciplinary action.