Massachusetts Students Stage 2nd Day of Gun Protests

For the second day in a row, students at some Massachusetts schools staged walkouts calling for action on gun control.

On Thursday, students at Arlington High School, Beverly High School, Billerica Memorial High School, Brookline High School, Cambridge-Ringe and Latin School, Leominster High School and Quabin Regional High School walked out of classes to honor the victims killed in the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The rallies had been scheduled for Wednesday to coincide with others taking place around the country, marking one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but snow forced many schools to reschedule their plans.

On Wednesday's walkout, students from an estimated 100 schools across the state left classes — some of whom met at St. Paul's Church on Tremont Street in Boston before marching to the Massachusetts Statehouse carrying signs to urge lawmakers to take action.

At Brookline High on Thursday, students read the names of the 17 victims killed aloud, followed by a moment of silence.

Students nationwide are demanding elected leaders do something about the ongoing gun violence.

"They haven't done anything about it, and now it's up to us to do something about it we have a voice," said Brookline student Yama Estime.

Students plan to continue their message on March 24 at the March for Our Lives protest on the Boston Common, as well as locations across the country.

"Preventing gun violence in the United States especially in high school is an incredibly pertinent, given that we're all in high school," said Brookline High student Nick Collins.

Another round of school walkouts is also planned for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado.

"I think that if the students really want to make a change it needs to be repeated. every week until something is done," said Brookline High student Donovan Kirrane.

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