The Wall Street Journal: Students across the country walk out to protest gun violence

At 10 a.m., 1,000 students walked out of Stuyvesant High School in New York City. An hour later, 2,800 filed out of Curie Metropolitan High School in Chicago. An hour after that, 1,000 went to the capitol in Boise, Idaho. And an hour after that, 1,000 walked out of Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, with signs that read “Am I next?”

In a wave across the country Wednesday morning, students voted with their feet to protest government inaction on gun control. Nearly 1 million students took part in protests, which included kindergartners through high-school seniors. In New York, the nation’s largest school district, 100,000 students walked out.

Plans for students to walk out of class for 17 minutes began to mark the one month since a gunman killed 17 at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Fla. In the month since the attack, there have been 10 school shootings in the U.S.

At Stoneman Douglas, whose students have taken to traditional and social media to help turn their own tragedy into a national campaign for tougher gun laws, students filed onto the football field for a 17-minute protest, marking the loss of the 17 victims. With hundreds of students gathered on the field, Principal Ty Thompson addressed the crowd: “We are going to make change, and it’s already starting.”

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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