Whipp News: National School Walkout Day

Exactly one month on from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, students across the United States have walked out of classes in the largest protest against gun violence seen in years.

According to the #ENOUGH campaign, students from more than 3,000 schools took part in demonstrations that remember the 17 killed in the Florida school shooting, and called for stricter gun laws in the US.

Several hours after the 17-minute protest ended, one minute for each victim, US lawmakers took their first step to address gun violence in schools since the Parkland shooting. The House of Reps agreed to fund a variety of violence prevention measures in schools, including boosting security, mental health screening and creating anonymous reporting systems.

But Congress is still yet to address the more controversial aspects of gun control that is being demanded, including expanded background checks, a ban on assault weapons and raising the minimum age for some firearm purchases.

Another protest will be held on March 24.

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