WATCH: Hundreds of DC students arrive at the White House to push for gun reform pic.twitter.com/EOoJn6MpXj
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 21, 2018
As students in Florida staged a massive walkout to protest in solidarity with the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, students from across the country did the same. As MSNBC reports, “hundreds” of students — if not more — left their classes at schools in Maryland and the Washington D.C. area to take the train into the American capitol and march on the White House. Other federal and state government offices were also marched upon by students, like another group that chanted “shame on you” at Florida lawmakers who approved anti-porn legislation the same day they rejected an assault weapons ban.
CNN and others followed the initial walkout in Broward County, Florida, where a massive rally was held in support of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivors. Across the state in the capital city of Tallahassee, another large group of student protesters repeatedly shouted “shame on you” at state lawmakers.
As amazing as these videos are, multiple videos from several local and national outlets covering the progress of students from Maryland and the Washington D.C. area quickly caught the news cycle’s attention soon after. From Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, to other schools much closer to the D.C. metropolitan area, these students staged walkouts that then took them to the White House via a series of train rides and long walks. According to ABC 7’s John Gonzalez, Friday’s march to D.C. “was planned late yesterday via social media” and will eventually make its way to the U.S. Capitol Building.