Junior Grace Moberly read the names of the seventeen lives lost during the Parkland Shooting during the AHS student walkout #walkoutsnoco #nationalschoolwalkout pic.twitter.com/L7JFSwBsZ3 — The AHS Eagle (@TheAHSEagle) March 14, 2018
Today was a big day for us highschoolers. #NationalWalkoutDay We stood in protest of OUR safety and to urge congress to sit down and listen. Please fight for what you believe in, everyone of us matters . #GunReform #17minutesfor17lives pic.twitter.com/JwAJyEj4Zw— Justin 🐝🧡 (@JustinDuude) March 14, 2018
Senior Tyler Blanchard, about shootings: “This is something we know in our hearts is wrong.”#walkoutsnoco #nationalwalkoutday #WalkoutWednesday pic.twitter.com/bh02Ki5jpR — Rikki King (@rikkiking) March 14, 2018
A neighbor with a flag said she came out to support the kids. She said it looked like 80 percent of the student body walked out #WalkoutSnoCo pic.twitter.com/asEIHw0vu7 — Andrea Brown (@reporterbrown) March 14, 2018
Senior Clemente Jackson says people are scared to go to school after Florida shootings. “There will only be copycats after that, if nothing is done.”#walkoutsnoco #nationalwalkoutday #WalkoutWednesday pic.twitter.com/1hhpGoxH5u — Rikki King (@rikkiking) March 14, 2018
A couple of weeks prior to the March 14 school day event, Marysville students had organized demonstrations calling for improved mental health care funding and increased gun regulation.
Students took up the mantle to organize the walkouts at their schools. The very idea of students taking part in the walkout proved to be a divisive issue.
Reflecting on #walkoutwednesday, a story of students organizing their own rally and march earlier this month in Marysville, #MarchForOurLives #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/96S3AxxIbQ — The Herald (@EverettHerald) March 14, 2018
Other people, however, were more supportive.
Is the #NationalWalkoutDay about the @browardsheriff and #FBI doing their job and having some accountability or is it about promoting a certain political narrative and infringing on #ConstitutionalRights? — #Swervin🇺🇸 (@swervinerv82) March 14, 2018
I remember another industry people said was too powerful to overcome. That they had too much control over politicians. You’d just had to accept things that killed people. The Cigarette Industry. They were wrong. You can take on the NRA and win. #NationalWalkoutDay — SnohoMo (@SnohoMo) March 14, 2018
I am so proud of students across the 21st District and all over the country exercising their most basic freedom to peaceably assemble and petition their government for a redress of grievances. #NationalWalkoutDay #WalkoutWednesday #waleg — Sen. Marko Liias (@SenMarkoLiias) March 14, 2018
Proud my son goes to a school that will honor this day. Extra happy with how our principle has decided to go about it for these youngsters. #nationalwalkoutday #enough #riverviewelementary #snohomish #snoco https://t.co/thDdGfvkdS pic.twitter.com/GOmiZ8m8CH — Lorry Green (@LorryGreen) March 14, 2018
.@MayorCassie stands with the students and communities partaking in #NationalWalkoutDay this morning in calling for action on gun safety here, and across the country. See the mayor’s full statement below: pic.twitter.com/j02cbDS0G1 — City of Everett (@EverettCity) March 14, 2018
Elsewhere, students converged on the capitol in Washington, D.C. There, they expressed their desire to see federal legislation to further regulate guns and firearms.
Today in every corner of our country and across our state of Washington, countless students are taking part in a walkout in common support of reforms to combat gun violence. Watch my message of support from the Senate floor: #NationalWalkoutDayhttps://t.co/oTlvWxzbOg — Sen. Maria Cantwell (@SenatorCantwell) March 14, 2018
My parents “never had to worry about someone barging into their classroom with an assault rifle and slaughtering everyone in their class. That is an American tragedy,” Maryland student says https://t.co/B9gqfHUvRF #NationalWalkoutDay pic.twitter.com/szJ0lmHujO — CBS News (@CBSNews) March 14, 2018