On Wednesday morning, students around the United States got up from their classrooms and walked out of their schools as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence. The protest lasted 17 minutes, honoring the 17 people killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida exactly one month ago. Organized by the Women’s March Youth Empower, there were over 3,000 planned protests at schools and universities in the United States. As the clock struck ten, kids — many of them facing potential disciplinary action — left their desks and headed outside, many of them, obviously, with cell phones in hand. Which means even if you weren’t near a school at 10 a.m., thanks to their photos and videos on Twitter, you can still get a sense of what the protests were like. (Though scrolling through Twitter, admittedly, doesn’t take nearly as much guts as standing up and defying your school’s rules and administrators while protesting, quite literally, for your life.)
The kids are definitely all right.