|Students at thousands of schools across the country walked out of class Wednesday morning to protest gun
violence. The 17-minute walkout is a tribute to the 17 victims who were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas
High School in Parkland, Florida, last month.
According to the Say #Enough website, which compiles the stories of shooting victims and advocates for change, there will
be more than 3,000 walkouts held in communities coast to coast and in Puerto Rico. Students participating in the movement
left or were leaving their classes at 10 a.m. in their respective time zone.
Students from schools in Washington D.C. and further afield marched to Capitol Hill, extending their protest, while inside
lawmakers grilled officials from the ATF and FBI on how they proposed to tackle safety in schools in the wake of the school
massacre. They gathered where just the day before, 7,000 pairs of children's shoes were placed outside Capitol Hill to
represent the children killed by guns since Sandy Hook.
Snapchat's "Snap Map" feature showed a vast number of walkouts Wednesday, with students snsharing their experiences at
gatherings around the country.
In Broward County, Florida, where the Parkland massacre took place, public schools superintendent Robert Runcie said
students who walk out of class would not be disciplined for leaving. He said teachers should make this a "teachable moment."
CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz reports Stoneman Douglas students walked out to the football field. School officials
said they want students to exercise their First Amendment rights in a safe environment that's supervised by adults.
However, some schools across the county, including a group in Pennsylvania, hesitated about participating in Wednesday's
Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg, who has been an outspoken advocate of gun control since the shooting, spoke with
CBSN about the significance of Wednesday's walkout.
"I'm feeling happy to know that this has stayed in the national media and to know that people are taking action," Hogg said.
"To know the fact that we all are standing up as Americans is a huge deal to know, and it means a lot just that we're coming
together and working hard to change this issue."
"The goal here is just to make sure our legislative leaders know that their actions are going to be held accountable to them
and that there will be ramifications for either what actions they have had or what inactions they had," he said before referring
to the date that marks two months since the shooting. "How many other mass shootings are we going to have to have? ...
I'm worried about what's going to happen after April 14. That terrifies me."
Since the shooting on Valentine's Day, Florida lawmakers passed and Gov. Rick Scott signed a new state gun law for the
first time in 22 years, but student activists want to see changes nationwide.
CBS News poll: Most Americans say students should be involved in gun policy and school safety
On Tuesday, prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for the accused gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.