Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Students

Students from surrounding schools gather at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan to mark one month since the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida and to demand an end to gun violence on March 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

'Enough': Students Walk Out Nationwide to Protest Inaction on Gun Violence

"Students across the nation are walking out of class to demand Congress act NOW to end gun violence."

Jessica Corbett

At 10am local time, students at more than 3,000 high schools across the country planned to participate in the 17-minute "Enough" walkout on Wednesday—exactly one month after 17 people were killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting—to protest Congress's failure to enhance national gun control regulatons.

The walkout is part of a national student-led movement to end gun violence. Student activists have also organized the "March for Our Lives" in Washington, D.C. on March 24 and a second nationwide walkout on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

Wednesday's walkout is being coordinated by Women's March Youth, which has created an interactive map to track the planned protests, shared information about how to support the action, and outlined students' demands for lawmakers.

In response to disciplinary threats from administrators, the ACLU has developed legal resources for students and other participants—such as teachers, parents, and school staff, who are being encouraged to join in the actions—and has urged school officials to "approach this moment as an opportunity for learning about civic action."

Participants and supporters of the protest are using the hashtags #Enough, #NationalSchoolWalkout, and #NationalWalkoutDay to post live updates from walkouts nationwide.


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Trump Says Mar-a-Lago 'Under Siege, Raided, and Occupied' by FBI

"The accountability our democracy desperately needs for its survival might, just might, be a real possibility," said the head of a watchdog group.

Common Dreams staff ·


New Ad Against Herschel Walker Features Ex-Wife's Domestic Violence Accusations

A leader at the anti-Trump group behind the advertisement targeting the U.S. Senate candidate said that "our campaign is built around the voices of Georgia Republicans who know that he's unfit for office."

Jessica Corbett ·


Michigan AG Urges Probe of Alleged GOP-Led Effort to Break Into Voting Machines

"We must denounce the Big Lie and those who refuse to uphold the will of the people in our elections," said one democracy defender.

Brett Wilkins ·


Hopes Rise for Return to Iran Nuclear Deal Destroyed by Trump

"We stand five minutes or five seconds from the finish line," said one negotiator, who added that "three or four issues" that are "sensitive for Iranians and Americans" remain to be resolved.

Brett Wilkins ·


Sinema Received Over $500K From Private Equity Before Shielding Industry From Tax Hikes

"Remember the days when taking half a million bucks from an industry, and then passing legislation that only benefits that industry, while passing the costs onto everyone else, would be called corruption?" asked one critic. "Today it's just lobbying as usual."

Kenny Stancil ·

Common Dreams Logo