NJ Students Walk Out to Protest Gun Violence

posted by Terry Trahim -

Students across the country, including in New York and New Jersey, are walking out of school on Wednesday.

The demonstration is a show of support for the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  The walk out lasted 17 minutes, one minute for each of the 17 people killed.

"We're protesting for safer school systems and anti-gun violence.  We're making it bipartisan.  That's why we're saying anti-gun violence and not pro-gun control," a student in Ridgewood, New Jersey told WOR's Alice Stockton Rossini.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said students who choose to demonstrate will not be disciplined.

“This is too important a moment in history to try to hold back the desire of our young people to see fundamental change and to protect themselves,” Mayor de Blasio said.

In Sayreville, New Jersey school officials are warning students that they will be disciplined if they walk out of class.  A scheduled walk out in Hackettstown, New Jersey has been canceled because of security concerns.


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