Students nationwide protest gun violence

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NATIONAL (WCIA) — Central Illinois teenagers were among thousands of students taking a stand against gun violence today by walking out of class. It was part of a nationwide protest on the one month anniversary of the Florida school shooting where 17 people died. 

Students walked out at 10 am and spent 17 minutes marching on school grounds, one for every person who was killed. And students say their message simple: Enough is enough. In addition to honoring victims, they say they wanted to make sure no more teens are shot and killed. 

“Our purpose with this walkout was to call congress to pass legislation to protect us from gun violence,” one student said.  

School employees supervised the walkouts but didn’t condone leaving class. Many schools followed their usual rules for truancy, from giving in school suspensions to revoking extracurriculars. PTA members, community members, off-duty teachers and even legislators in Springfield.  

But not everyone supported the protests. Many people have called the protests a way for kids to get out of class and said that students are being used as political pieces. 

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