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Students stage ‘die in’ protest in front of White House

Students laid on the ground in protest of school shootings.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Feb 19, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 12:23 am CDT

Students gathered outside of the White House on Monday as part of a “die in” to protest in favor of gun laws in light of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The protest was organized by Teens for Gun Reform. Students laid down on the ground to symbolize victims of school shootings, according to the organization’s event page on Facebook.

“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 Facebook page said of the die in protest.

Videos from the protest show students lying down on the ground in rows, hands clasped over their stomach surrounded by fellow protesters with signs. The signs read “Shame on you” and “Disarm hate” according to HuffPost. Other signs read “Am I Next?” “We Call B.S.” and “More Guns More Murder.”

The protesters were reportedly calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to pass gun reform laws following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week that left 17 people dead.

Survivors from the school have also come out and publicly called on Congress to pass gun reform laws.

Alex Wind, 17, said several students from Stoneman Douglas have vowed not to go back to school until “changes have been made.”

A “March For Our Lives” protest in Washington D.C. is also being planned for March 24. People will “take to the streets of Washington D.C. to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings.”

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*First Published: Feb 19, 2018, 12:47 pm CST