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The Students Are Angry. Will Their Movement Last?

A few factors might give the Parkland protesters staying power, including their age
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2018 3:23 PM CST
Emma Gonzalez, a senior who survived Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, talks with people at North Community Park in Parkland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Gonzalez has emerged...   (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

(Newser) – The movement of young people demanding tougher gun laws after last week's shooting in Florida arrived at the White House Monday, where teens staged a "lie-in" to represent those shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, reports NBC4 Washington. "It's really important to express our anger," says a 16-year-old participant from Alexandria, Va. "Every day when I say bye to my parents, I do acknowledge the fact that I could never see my parents again." Here's a closer look at the movement—this speech by student Emma Gonzalez went viral over the weekend—and some analysis on why it may not be dissipating any time soon:

  • Three national protests: Fortune rounds up future protest plans, including student walkouts planned for March.
  • Post-Columbine: In the Washington Post, Philip Bump notes that today's high school students have never known a world where school shootings didn't exist, and that these survivors are different from those at Columbine, Newtown, and Virginia Tech. "This is the first premeditated mass shooting at this scale that involved people who both grew up entirely in a world in which mass shootings were common and which targeted people old enough to have a voice."

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