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Triangle Students Prepare Walkouts to Protest Gun Violence


Students all across the Triangle are expected to walk out of their classes tomorrow in solidarity with the #Enough movement to call for an end to gun violence in all of its forms.

The movement was created in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting and coincides with the tragedy's one-month anniversary. Students will walk out for seventeen minutes, one for each life that was lost in the shooting.

Among the organization's list of demands: a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, expanded background checks, and the demilitarization of law enforcement agencies.

This isn't the first time students have attempted to make their voices heard in the Triangle since the Parkland shooting. In late February, a group largely organized by Wake County students marched to the State Capitol Building in Raleigh to call for stricter gun regulations. Schools across the region have also been the site of protests, including Green Hope High School, where about two thousand students (over two-thirds of the student body) walked out to advocate for gun reform.

Tomorrow's national walkout has been the subject of much debate among principals, school boards, and parents across the country and here in the Triangle, and has sparked controversy over students' protesting rights.

In Wake County, most students will be allowed to protest, as long as they notify school leaders in advance. The Wake County School System recently tweeted, "It is acceptable but students must follow the guidance from school administration. Partner with your principal to ensure the event is safe and successful for all." Other area school districts have offered similar responses to the planned walkouts.

It's likely that tomorrow's protests won't be the last. Already, students across the country are preparing for the March for Our Lives held in Washington, D.C. on March 24. Marches in Raleigh and Durham will be among 726 (and counting) sibling events.

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