Student Walkouts: Civic Action Against Gun Violence
Thousands of students walked out of their schools on Wednesday to protest gun violence or participate in on-campus events to voice grief and outrage over the shooting that killed 17 students and educators exactly one month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Education Week reporters were posted in schools and communities around the U.S. to provide live coverage of the walkouts and school-based events throughout the day.
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.
There are four things educators should know about engaging students in these politically tumultuous times, write two civic-education leaders.
In this collection of videos, see how students-turned-activists from around the nation protested against gun violence.
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.
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.