Nationwide Walkouts Remember Columbine School Shootings

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April 20, 2018

Students across the U.S. walked out of class on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings. The walkout was part of a nationwide movement that began in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., shootings in February and gained widespread attendance and attention with a large number of events on March 14 and on March 24.

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The latest protest involved students from more than 2,600 schools and institutions, at least one in every state and some in other countries, organizers said. Columbine students participated as they have every year since the 1999 shootings: by doing community service. The school has not had classes on that day since then.

Many adults participated as well. Orange was a color seen in great numbers, in keeping with the adoption of that color in association with the campaign against gun violence. At many demonstrations across the country, participants observed a 13-second moment of silence to honor the 13 people killed at Columbine. The names of those victims were read aloud at many demonstrations, including one outside the Whtie House.

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