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(PHOTOS) Thousands of people participate in protest against school shootings

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(PHOTOS) Thousands of people participate in protest against school shootings

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Students at schools around DeKalb County, Atlanta and the nation raised their voices on Wednesday, March 14, hoping that elected officials would finally listen.

At 10 am. students walked out of their schools for 17 minutes to honor 17 people who died in a Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The protesters demanded that elected officials finally take meaningful action to get a handle on America’s unique problem with school shootings.

DeKalb County Schools said thousands of its students participated.

“Activities included protests, demonstrations, assemblies, public speakers, wearing school or other colors that signify safety, a ‘Hug a School’ event, and more,” a press release from the school system says.

In Decatur, students protested at Decatur High, Renfroe Middle and the 4/5 Academy.

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Photo by Greta Reynolds

Several readers also sent in photo’s from Wednesday’s protest:

Photo provided by Beate Sass

Photo provided by Chris Billingsley

Photo provided by Karen Snyder

“Seventh and eighth grade students from The Friends School of Atlanta participate in national school walkout in protest against gun violence in schools at the corner of Katie Kerr Dr. and South Columbia Dr. in Decatur. Students planned the event themselves with help from parents and staff and received lots of support from passersby.” Photo provided to Decaturish

Photo credit Olivia Ohillips-Waldorf
Junior at Decatur High School

Photo credit Olivia Ohillips-Waldorf
Junior at Decatur High School

Photo from Renfroe Middle School

“While our children at SAND Preschool (The School At North Decatur United Methodist Church) are too young to join the nationwide school walkout today, our parents and teachers felt it was important to do something to show our support of the Never Again movement. And our kids are never too young to serve our community. So we put together food bags for our ministry partner and neighbor Decatur Cooperative Ministries. We keep these to hand out to the many visitors who come by North Decatur UMC and DCM in need of food. It was a bit chaotic, but fun!” Photo provided to Decaturish

Photo by April Tillman Gabor, provided to Decaturish

Photo by April Tillman Gabor, provided to Decaturish

Photo by April Tillman Gabor, provided to Decaturish

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