Thousands of students across the U.S. are expected to put their pencils down and walk out of school to demonstrate against gun violence on the one-month anniversary of the deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
Mankato West High School students are planning to sit in silence in the school auditorium during study hall for 17 minutes, beginning at 10:00 a.m. while the names of the Florida shooting victims are read.
West Against Gun Violence will take place at Mankato West High School.
St. Peter and Minnesota New Country School students are planning walkouts Wednesday, as are those in Faribault and Chaska.
Students at New Ulm High School are holding an on-campus event.
At Minnesota State University, students are gathering near the fountain outside the Centennial Student Union. They plan to read the names of the Parkland, Florida, victims and discuss gun control legislation.
The protests have drawn mixed reactions from school administrators. Some students say they don’t care about the consequences, the issue is too important to remain silent.