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Students and Teachers Across the Country Participate in #NationalWalkoutDay

The month of March is continuing the rise in activism this year, with March 14th being the date for  #NationalWalkoutDay. The protest was organized to commemorate one month since the most recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which ended in 17 deaths.

Some photos of a local walkout, taken by Bleeding Cool's own Lauren Sisselman:

Students and Teachers Across the Country Participate in #NationalWalkoutDay

Students and Teachers Across the Country Participate in #NationalWalkoutDay

Participants are asked to leave their classes and workplaces for 17 minutes — one minute for each of the lives lost in Florida. The march hopes to raise more visibility and support for changing the current US gun laws — specifically to ban the sales of the assault-style weapons and ammunition clips used in almost all the recent shootings.

Obviously, this school knew how to handle the press:

The walkout isn't just today, either. Yesterday, the #NotOneMore organization placed 7,000 empty pairs of shoes in front of the Capitol Building in Washington DC — one pair for each life lost since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. It's a chilling visual.

2018 will also be the 19-year anniversary of the Columbine shooting, when two troubled young men unleashed terror on their school, claiming the lives of 12 students and 1 teacher.

The month's planned protests will continue with a March for Life on the 24th.

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Mary Anne ButlerAbout Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

 Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional
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