Sen. Mark Warner joins hundreds of students from Va., Md. in National Walkout

(Photo provided by Sen. Mark Warner's office)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Thousands of students have walked out of schools around Virginia to participate in a national student action against gun violence.

Hundreds locally participated as well, with some holding rallies inside and others choosing to walk out of school.

In Washington, Senator Mark Warner joined hundreds of high school students from Virginia and Maryland who gathered at the Capitol for a rally calling on Congress to act to prevent gun violence.

As part of the protest, students marched to the White House where they stopped and turned their backs on it, before continuing to the Capitol.

Some of the students walked to the White House from their schools, while others arrived by Metro.

Fifteen-year-old Chloe Appel of Gaithersburg, Maryland, held a sign that said, “Fix this before I text my mom from under a desk.”

She’s hopeful that Congress will enact gun control laws. She said that, “After today and after the next protest Congress will see how many people feel strongly about this so they will have to make a change.”

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers addressed the crowd. The biggest applause by far was for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Students chanted his name and nearly drowned out his speech.

On February, 14, 17 people were murdered in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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