Students Across Connecticut Hold Walkouts to Protest Gun Violence

Students at schools across the country, including here in Connecticut, walked out of school this morning in a push for tougher gun laws

Students at Newington High School held signs and chanted "Hey, hey, ho, ho, gun violence has got to go" as they marched. Some wore orange clothing, symbolizing the color hunters wear to stay safe.

After the march, Newington students took part in activities inside, including writing letters to lawmakers about gun violence.

The timing of the protests, at 10 a.m., was planned to be held on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, which left 13 people dead in Littleton, Colorado.  

Lane Murdock, a Ridgefield High School sophomore who spearheaded the school walkout movement last February after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, organized the walkout at her school, according to a news release from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, who said he would be attending that walkout. 

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty said she would be at the Kent School this morning, where students organized a March for Action. 

The National School Walkout website includes a list of walkouts that people have registered and many in Connecticut are listed.  

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