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DC-Area Students Hold Anti-Gun Violence Walkouts

The walkouts come on 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre

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    Students Demand Change in New Wave of Walkouts

    On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, students in the D.C. area marched from the White House to the U.S. Capitol to call for changes to gun laws. News4's Nicole Jacobs reports. (Published Friday, April 20, 2018)

    Students in the D.C. area walked out of class Friday morning as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence. The action comes on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

    National organizers said walkouts were planned in every state.

    Locally, students gathered outside the White House at about 10 a.m. They held signs and read the names of the Columbine victims. Then, they marched toward the Capitol chanting "Enough is enough," "Our blood, your hands" and "We will vote."

    The students were set to hand-deliver letters to lawmakers and rally for new gun laws outside the U.S. Capitol.

    Students Walked Out of School in Protest of Gun Violence on the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine Massacre

    [DC] Students Walked Out of School in Protest of Gun Violence on the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine Massacre

    Students around the area walked out of school in protest of gun violence Friday, the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine.

    (Published Friday, April 20, 2018)

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    At Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, students placed T-shirts on fencing in honor of gun violence victims and in support of the walkouts.

    In Virginia, students planned to host a voter registration drive on Brown's Island in Richmond and then march to the State Capitol for a rally that was set to include Gov. Ralph Northam and state legislators.

    Student organizer Maxwell Nardi said the students hope to work with lawmakers to "create a unified message that we're going to fight this together."

    Students nationwide participated in walkouts on March 14, a month after the Parkland shooting. Ten days later, hundreds of thousands of teens and their supporters rallied across the U.S. during March for Our Lives events.