One Year After Parkland Shooting, Montgomery County Students Honor Gun Violence Victims

Montgomery Co. students hung 671 white T-shirts around campus, representing young victims of gun violence

One year after 17 students and staff at a Parkland, Florida, high school were killed in a shooting massacre, a group of Maryland students created a touching tribute to young victims of gun violence.

A sea of white T-shirts now surrounds Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, hanging from fences around campus.

There are 671 shirts in total, each representing a teenager or child who was killed by gun violence. In black marker, each shirt shares the name and age of a victim. Some were killed in the shooting in Parkland. Many more were gunned down in less widely known incidents.

Even those who haven't been identified were represented, with at least one shirt reading, Unidentified Male Age 15.

A crowd of students arrived at the school before sunrise on Thursday, pulling the shirts out of bags, putting them onto hangers and hanging them on fences alongside signs reading "Memorial to our lives."

It's clear the Parkland shooting struck a cord around the country, and in the classrooms at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High. Last year, the students hung about 200 T-shirts around the school. They also participated in a nationwide walkout to demand stricter gun control laws.

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