30 Powerful Signs From Students in National School Walkout for Stricter Gun Laws

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, thousands of students across the United States walked out of class in a show of solidarity for stricter gun laws. A generation raised in a world where school shootings are becoming the norm put their foot down and said “enough” after the horrifying Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that took the lives of 17 people.

Starting around 10 am, students around the country walked out of class for 17 minutes to symbolize one minute for each life lost in the Parkland shooting. While these peaceful walkouts had caused some concern for students, who were afraid they would be penalized for participating, children of all ages made sure their voices were heard through creative signs and moving speeches.

Chants and rallying cries for reform could be heard, with students calling on government officials and the White House to make concrete steps toward preventing future violence. Specifically, the National Student Walkout is calling for Congress to make three specific changes: ban assault weapons, require universal background checks to purchase guns, and pass a gun violence restraining order that would allow the court to strip people of weapons if they display signs of violent behavior.

“This is not a matter of left versus right. This is a matter of public safety,” Cate Whitman, a junior at LaGuardia High School in New York, told CNN. “We're all working together, which is something we haven't seen from the adults in a very long time.”

Thousands of students across America walked out of class in a show of solidarity for the #EnoughIsEnough movement.

Creative and emotional protest signs focus on the rallying cry around stricter gun laws to reduce school shootings.

17 minutes for 17 lives #enoughisenough #bhswalkout

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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