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Hundreds of Mass. Students Walk Out in Gun Violence Protest

The protest was organized nationwide by advocacy group Students Demand Action in the wake of the school shooting that left six people, including three 9-year-old children, dead at a private school in Nashville last month

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Students walked out of class at some Massachusetts high schools Wednesday as part of a national protest demanding lawmakers take action to prevent school shootings.

Scores of students took to the soccer field at Melrose High School at noon, and dozens more formed a circle at Framingham High School, where they chanted, "End gun violence!"

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The protest was organized nationwide by advocacy group Students Demand Action in the wake of the school shooting that left six people, including three 9-year-old children, dead at a private school in Nashville last month. Students Demand Action said more than 200 schools had protests scheduled for Wednesday.

Framingham High School has dealt with its own issues related to gun threats — a false active shooter alert set off an emergency response in February.

"No one should go through an experience like that," student Sara Wolff said Wednesday, during the protest.

Students Demand Action and Moms Demand Action are both part of Everytown for Gun Safety. The Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action outlined some of its legislative priorities. Some of those include making a list of "sensitive places" where guns are not allowed, expanding gun violence data reporting requirements, mandating at least five hours of live-fire training for a gun license and laws preventing the spread of ghost gunsa move Gov. Maura Healey has supported.

Students protesting gun violence at Framingham High School on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
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Students protesting gun violence at Framingham High School on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
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