Students are at their wits end with the government acting as if they care about them yet they’ve nothing to protect them while they are in school. They took their frustration to the streets of the White House and now the youth protest has begun.
Dozens of students gathered in front of the White House on Monday to demand changes to gun laws, just days after a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead. The demonstration was organized by Teens For Gun Reform, an organization created by students in the Washington, D.C., area in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Protesters participating in what they said would be a three-minute “lie in,” which began around 12:30 p.m. on Presidents Day, lay down in front of the White House ”in representation of the victims of school shootings,” according to a post on the group’s Facebook page.
“By doing this, we will make a statement on the atrocities which have been committed due to the lack of gun control, and send a powerful message to our government that they must take action now,” the group wrote on Facebook.
Following the lie-in, protesters continued to hold signs in support of stricter guns laws and shouted phrases including “Shame on you” and “Disarm hate” toward the White House. The group also chanted “No more deaths,” “Am I next?” and “Hey, hey, NRA, how many kids have you killed today?”