Students and teachers across the country will walk out of classrooms today in a show of support for the 17 people killed in a Florida high school shooting and to advocate for stricter gun control laws.
Last month, Nikolas Cruz stormed into his former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and fatally shot 17 people. Gun control activist group EMPOWER is organizing today's protest. EMPOWER says the walkout will happen at 10 a.m. in every time zone and will last 17 minutes to honor each of the shooting victims. Over 2,500 walkouts are planned, according to the organization's website. Some schools are allowing students to partake in the walkout, while others are encouraging students to engage in other ways.
The ACLU says students who choose to walk out of their classrooms can't be punished more than they would if they were simply skipping class on any other day.