Protesting gun violence in schools, Everett High School students walked out of classes for 17 minutes on Wednesday — along with hundreds of thousands of other students nationwide. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Protesting gun violence in schools, Everett High School students walked out of classes for 17 minutes on Wednesday — along with hundreds of thousands of other students nationwide. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

What people are saying on social media about the walkouts

We’re scanning Facebook, Twitter and other sources. Hashtag: #walkoutsnoco.

Related Students here join thousands nationwide to protest shootings US students stage school walkouts to protest gun violence Students left classrooms in droves Wednesday as part of a national school walkout to commemorate the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that claimed 17 lives. At 10 a.m. local time, students across the country took part in a walkout in remembrance of the 17 people killed in a shooting at a high school in Florida one month ago. The walkout was intended to last 17 minutes, one minute for each victim.
Marysville Middle School students hold up signs during a student-organized walkout to commemorate the Feb. 14 shooting deaths of 17 people at a high school in Florida. (Jake Martin)

Marysville Middle School students hold up signs during a student-organized walkout to commemorate the Feb. 14 shooting deaths of 17 people at a high school in Florida. (Jake Martin)

Students around Snohomish County are not far removed from the effect of gun violence: a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School claiming four lives, including the shooter, in 2014; a house shooting in Mukilteo claiming three lives of Kamiak High School alums in 2016; and persistent gang violence throughout the county.
Students march outside of Marysville Middle School during a walkout honoring the 17 lives claimed during a Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Florida. (Jake Martin)

Students march outside of Marysville Middle School during a walkout honoring the 17 lives claimed during a Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Florida. (Jake Martin)

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. Other people, however, were more supportive. 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.

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