Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Students Protest Outside White House, Demand Gun Reform After Florida School Shooting

Students Protest Outside White House, Demand Gun Reform After Florida School Shooting

One by one, dozens of teens were lying down in front of the White House, serving as a grim reminder of those killed in Parkland, Florida and other school shootings. They themselves attended with over 60 friends from school.

"We have organized this protest in solidarity with all of those who were affected by the horrific school shooting in Florida last Wednesday", the organization said in a statement. Word of the event quickly spread throughout the region with more than 700 people expressing interest. "I feel like we need more mental health people in the buildings, I feel like we need more security, I feel like we need more drills", Short said.

The Protest for Gun Reform began at noon on Monday, February 19, on the north side of the White House.

The D.C. area group is part of a groundswell of students across the country challenging politicians they argue have failed to make schools a safe haven from gun violence. On Sunday, the students announced plans for a march on Washington to demand congressional action on gun violence.

On Monday, a group of local high schoolers took their message directly to the White House. She made a decision to attend the demonstration with a few other parents.

The Network for Public Education is organizing another nationwide school walkout on the April 20, the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

"We felt it was important to be present and thank the people who felt it was worth coming out here on this cold, dreary, rainy holiday to help let whoever is in this attractive White House know that we will not take this any longer", Garber told HuffPost.

Organizers said the event is meant to "protest Congress' inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods". Students staged a walk out at Olympic Heights Community High School in West Boca Raton, while parents joined their kids in front of American Heritage School in Plantation just 30 miles to the south.

The D.C protest [VIDEO] was organized by a sixteen-year-old girl named Whitney Bowen, who learned about the shooting through social media.

Demonstrators chant outside the White House.

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