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‘That could have been our school’: The national walkout in Milwaukee

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Students walk out for Parkland

Shorewood High School students leave class for 17 minutes of solidarity with Parkland and in protest for gun reform during the national school walkout in Milwaukee.

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Wednesday at 10 a.m., children around the country left class for a national school walkout in honor of the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL this February. The students marched, grieved, and shouted for change through megaphones.

“We have to make change on this issue, and we have to make it now,” said Katie Eder, a senior at Shorewood High School. “These are our lives, and we need to make sure we’re safe in the community and in school,” she added while speaking to a group of high school and middle school students through a megaphone.

Watch the walkout video below.

Remembering Parkland

Just last month, 17 people were shot and killed during the school day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Just days after the shooting took place, students from the high school ignited a movement for gun control. The students turned their grief into activism and flooded the country’s Twitter feeds and Snapchat stories, etc. to draw lawmakers’ attention to prevent this from happening again.

Symbolically, the national school walkouts were supposed to last for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the Parkland victims. Two more nationwide protests are set to take place on March 24 and on April 20, which is the anniversary of the Columbine shooting.