National school walkout day: Thousands of students protest in N.J.

National school walkout day: Thousands of students protest in N.J.

By Staff | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Students across New Jersey Wednesday are joining a national movement meant to honor the lives of those killed in the Feb. 14 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and as a way to call for gun law changes and increased safety precautions at schools.

15 Mart 2018 - 03:40

The movement, dubbed the "National School Walkout" is happening simultaneously at schools across the country. Students in New Jersey have set up various protests, marches, memorials, and ceremonies running from 10 to 10:17 a.m.

See the stream below for updates on what's happening at schools throughout New Jersey. Check back for updates throughout the morning.

Students created different events at schools across the state. They varied from memorials where students read poems and sang, to marches that featured students chanting calls for change.

In Livingston, student organizers read the names of the 17 victims who were killed. Hundreds of students stood in silence, holding posters that read “Fear has no place in schools” and “It could’ve been us.”

Many of the students here say they know the high schoolers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas because they all attend camp together. Freshman Madison Lysek, wiped away tears as her friends hugged her and gently moved her hair away from her face.

“It’s not going to stop unless we do something about it. We shouldn’t be scared for our lives,” she said, while wearing a bright orange shirt that said #enough. By Staff | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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