| Updated: March 26, 2018

Student Walkouts: Civic Action Against Gun Violence


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In the weeks following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 dead, hundreds of thousands of students have walked out of their schools or attended “March for Our Lives” events in Washington and across the country to protest gun violence. Their activism continues.


Education Week reporters have captured sentiments from these protests and provided analyses of the subsequent debates and policy discussions.







Students Are Walking Out Again to Protest Gun Violence: Is Anybody Listening?

Students Are Walking Out Again to Protest Gun Violence: Is Anybody Listening?

April 19, 2018

Student activists are using the 19th anniversary of Columbine—the mass school shooting that changed how America viewed school safety—to stage mass walkouts in calls for reducing gun violence.










'March for Our Lives' Draws Massive Crowds Pushing for Tighter Gun Restrictions

'March for Our Lives' Draws Massive Crowds Pushing for Tighter Gun Restrictions

March 24, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of students, parents, educators, and others swarmed demonstrations in Washington and nationwide to press for stricter gun laws in the wake of last month's massacre at a Florida high school.








The 'March for Our Lives': A Timeline of Photos, Videos, and Tweets

The 'March for Our Lives': A Timeline of Photos, Videos, and Tweets

March 24, 2018

This collection of photos, videos, and social media posts from #MarchForOurLives examines how the massive student-led march for tighter gun laws played out in Washington and across the globe.








Will 'March for Our Lives' Win the Stricter Gun Laws Students Demand?

Will 'March for Our Lives' Win the Stricter Gun Laws Students Demand?

March 22, 2018

Students from the Florida school where 17 were killed last month ignited the movement fueling demonstrations this weekend in the nation’s capital and hundreds of sites nationwide.








Parkland Victims' Families Have Pushed for Change. Here's What They've Accomplished.

Parkland Victims' Families Have Pushed for Change. Here's What They've Accomplished.

March 23, 2018

Lawmakers credit support from the victims' families for passage of the STOP School Violence Act.








Walkout Taps Mourning, Anger Over Gun Violence

Walkout Taps Mourning, Anger Over Gun Violence

March 14, 2018

The thousands who left their schools nationwide to mark the Feb. 14 shootings in Parkland, Fla., rode a dramatic wave of youth activism tinged with sadness about those killed in their schools and communities.








In Response to Mass Student Walkouts, Conservatives Largely Stay Silent

In Response to Walkouts, Conservatives Mostly Silent

March 16, 2018

By some estimates, 1 million students walked out of schools to honor the Parkland, Fla., victims and call for stricter gun laws, while Republican politicians all but ignored them.








Student Walkout: The Latest

Scenes From Student Walkouts Across the U.S.

March 14, 2018

Catch up on Education Week's dispatches and photo coverage of Wednesday’s nationwide student walkouts, and how educators dealt with disruptions and teachable moments.








Students Are Walking Out. Are Schools Ready for When They Walk Back In?
COMMENTARY

Students Are Walking Out. Are Schools Ready for When They Walk Back In?

March 14, 2018

There are four things educators should know about engaging students in these politically tumultuous times, write two civic-education leaders.















This Week's Nationwide Student Walkout: 6 Things to Know

6 Things to Know About the Student Walkout

March 12, 2018

K-12 leaders are preparing for what may be a massive student walkout tied to ending gun violence and school shootings. Here's a primer on students' rights to participate, what districts' responsibilities are for keeping them safe, and alternatives to leaving campus.









Can the Parkland Survivors Inspire a New Focus on Civics Education?

Can the Parkland Survivors Inspire a New Focus on Civics Education?

March 2, 2018

Civics often takes a backseat in schools, but educators say the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students-turned-activists are setting a powerful model for civic engagement.