Students in the USA took part in a protest against gun violence on Wednesday by walking out of their schools. Their protest was a month after the February 14 Florida shooting in which 17 students lost their lives. At the high school where last month's tragedy took place, students gathered for 17 minutes to remember their friends. One student said: "The walkout was for those who will never be here again, [and] for those who might be next." Another student said: "I came...because of what happened in Florida, [and] because of what happens in my neighborhood every day."
In Washington DC, hundreds of students gathered outside the White House. They sat with their backs to the building for 17 minutes. They chanted against the powerful gun group the National Rifle Association (NRA). A U.S. senator spoke at a rally outside the Capitol building. She said: "The NRA has held Congress hostage for years now. These young people have shown up to free us. I believe the young people will lead us." Many students wanted to remind President Trump that they would be old enough to vote in the 2020 elections, so he should listen to them now.