Hundreds of students leave school to march against gun violence

Hundreds of students leave school to march against gun violence

Many students protested against gun violence

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hundreds of students from a high school in America walked out of lessons to march against gun violence.

The pupils left West Boca High School and continued on a 12-mile walk to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a shooting last week.

As they marched yesterday (February 20) they shouted “we want change, we want change," according to CBS Miami.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said it was watching the students along with Broward Sheriff’s Office, to make sure they were safe and roads were not too busy.

One student said: “I feel like we had our voices heard. I hope Donald Trump and the government hears us and tries to make some changes."

Another said: “I really think we should have more background checks, and how are you going to give an AR-15 to a 19-year-old? We shouldn’t be giving out military guns."

Other students have also walked out of lessons at Fort Lauderdale High School and Hollywood McArthur High Schools to call for gun control following the Florida shooting.

Students at Miami Beach Senior High School have also said they would like to stage a walk-out, but parents reportedly claim the administration there does not support this.

Despite this the pupils have held at meeting at Miami Beach City Hall to prepare for their own march and parents have said they will join their children.

The Mayor of Miami Beach Dan Gelber has said: “These are young people who are smart, they know what they want, they know what they aren’t getting, they know what they need.

"I think they’ve realised the way you express yourself in this country is by words and at the ballot box."