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'No Time More Critical': Students Walk Out Again

Newser — Arden Dier

Ten days before a massive rally against gun violence in Washington, DC, students across the country will walk out of school Wednesday to mark one month since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Students at elementary schools, high schools, and universities will walk out at 10am local time for 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims killed and to call for stricter gun laws, reports USA Today.

A website for Empower, the youth branch of the Women's March, shows more than 3,100 walkouts planned (NBC News has an interactive map to help you find those near you), and not only in the US.

Students in Germany, Israel, and Australia, are taking part. Non-students are also encouraged to participate by wearing orange or walking out of their jobs.

Democrats in Congress will do so.

They're expected to join students following a march from the White House to the Capitol, where a haunting memorial was seen Tuesday. Some students will face suspension, per the Los Angeles Times.

But "my peers and I feel there is no time more critical than this to make clear that we have had enough of gun violence," says a senior at University High School in Tucson, Ariz., where students plan to call lawmakers, per USA Today.

"For far too long, it has made us feel unsafe in our communities and in our classrooms." The walkouts are a precursor to the March For Our Lives, expected to draw 500,000 people to Washington on March 24.

Thousands more will participate in sister marches. Another walkout is planned for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

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