On Friday, April 20, tens of thousands of students from more than 2,600 schools walked out of class to protest gun violence and demand common-sense gun laws. The protest was held on the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School. In addition to marching, the students observed moments of silence in honor of the 13 students killed at Columbine and the 17 victims of the Florida shooting in February.
Here's the story according to NBC:
A hot-button issue to put it mildly, the walkouts triggered heated debates all over Twitter:
Just a reminder that if/when these young people vote, this whole country will turn blue. Soon enough.— Ruth Macdonald (@TechMk_RGM) April 20, 2018
Just a note that my son walked out today. He's and his friends are rather conservative actually. They still support gun control.— Ruth Macdonald (@TechMk_RGM) April 20, 2018
And there was this exchange:
They walk out after school everyday, what has that done? Being a being a good citizen & protesting what you feel is wrong with the government is a civic duty & an excellent school lesson no matter what side of the issue you fall. I'm glad the schools recognize it.— 🌊 Linda Bres.... 🌊 (@JustMyLittleBit) April 20, 2018
Funny, I just want to know when you conservatives will stop allowing guns where kids are being murdered and learn that guns are not the answer to everything? I'd rather have the same security that was available to me, the knowledge that I wasn't going to be killed in school.— 🌊 Linda Bres.... 🌊 (@JustMyLittleBit) April 20, 2018
The typical trolls and naysayers came out of the woodwork to add their two cents, like this perspective which is just so... extra:
These kids weren't even BORN when the shooting at Columbine happened! What will they commemorate next - the assassination of Abe Lincoln, JFK, and/or some other shooting that happened before their time? Anything to walk out of school!— One Tweet At A Time (@janetoegel) April 20, 2018
Students weren't the only ones protesting:
The teachers are walking also. Their lives matter too! All lives matter!— Honest_One (@HonestO00465721) April 20, 2018
Unfortunately, at the same time students were protesting there was another shooting in Ocala, Florida, where police reported that one student shot another in the foot. The injured student was taken to the hospital and the shooter was apprehended and is being held in custody.
This just underlines the importance and necessity of these walkouts. As Dev says:
Keep it up kids! Have more guts than GOP & Trump that ACT on wishes of NRA over public concerns! I think they should walk out every 14th of every month & stay out class for # of minutes for # of those killed in schools!— Dev Dynes (@DevDynes) April 20, 2018