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D.C.-area students leave schools to protest gun violence during nationwide walkouts

Students walk out of Maryland high school in protest of gun violence. (SkyTrak 7)

Students across the D.C. area are walking out of schools to protest gun violence as part of walkouts nationwide on Wednesday.

The walkouts are taking place to mark the one-month anniversary of a deadly high school shooting in Florida.

Thousands of students across the United States decided to take matters into their own hands and feet, staging school walkouts to honor the school shooting victims in Florida, and to demand government action on gun control.

More than 2,000 walkouts were planned Wednesday with students leaving their classrooms for 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Bethesda Chevy Chase High School students walked out of class during a school sanctioned event. ABC7 News' Suzanne Kennedy reports hundreds walked out to the baseball field and walked around the block with many chanting "We want change!"

In Virginia, McLean High School students marched from their school to an area park.

A walkout was held by students from Eastern High School in Northeast D.C. Students gathered on the campus football field.

Additionally, students walked out of Blair High School in Silver Spring shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday in protest of gun violence. The students are planning to take the Metro to the White House.

In Philippi, West Virginia, where many families own firearms, students ralied not against guns per se, but rather gun violence.

School districts in Maryland and Virginia put plans in place in anticipation of the walkouts earlier this week.

Wednesday's protest was held ahead of next week's "March for Our Lives" rally on March 24 in Washington, D.C.

On Feb. 14, 17 people were murdered in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz, the shooter, was arrested and charged with the crime. The Associated Press reports he is scheduled for formal arraignment Wednesday on a 34-count indictment, including 17 first-degree murder charges.


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