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National school walkout day on Columbine anniversarySubmitted: 04/20/2018
National school walkout day on Columbine anniversary
Story By Associated Press

Photos By NBC News Channel

CANTON, MI - Student across the country walked out of theirs schools today, in part for the Columbine anniversary, but to also protest gun violence.

In Michigan, hundreds of student from three different high schools gathered on a campus football field.

In New York, Students staged a mass "die-in" on the steps of the State Capitol to call for stricter gun control laws.

"I think that it's too easy to get your hand on a gun," says one protester. "I mean there's been so many cases with ya know, just random people getting guns and doing stupid things with them, it's as simple as that, and I think that's just wrong."

In Parkland, Florida at Majory Douglas High School, the site of February's mass school shooting, students and teachers rallied.

They also took time to remember the students that died there and those that died 19 years ago at Columbine.

"Knowing that our teachers, the people who inspired us, the people who taught us to have a voice, to use our voice, are using their own voices," says Delaney Tarr, a Parkland shooting survivor. "It's really empowering and just gives the since of unity."

More than two-thousand walkouts were planned for today.

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