Students and teachers returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, this week. Although it was a shortened day and classes were in session for only four hours, it's one way that the survivors of the Feb. 14 shooting are returning to "normal" lives.
That doesn't mean they're leaving their roles as activists or that they will stop protesting gun violence and the laws that made the murder of 17 people possible.
Instead, students, teachers, parents, and allies around the country are preparing for next month's rally for increased gun control and school safety measures at the inaugural "March for Our Lives" event. The main event will be held in Washington, DC, on March 24. In addition to the main march, there will be sister marches held in other major cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, and St. Paul.
“We can’t ignore the issues of gun control that this tragedy raises,” Cameron Kasky, a high school organizer, wrote in an op-ed for CNN. “And so, I’m asking — no, demanding — we take action now.”
This is not the only event planned.
On March 14, there will be a school walkout organized by the Women's March Youth EMPOWER. That protest asks students, teachers, and allies to walk out of classes for 17 minutes — one for each life lost at Stoneman Douglas High School — at 10am across every time zone to protest Congress' inaction in response to gun violence.
A #NationalSchoolWalkout is also being planned on April 20, to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. There are more than one thousand walkouts begin planned around the nation, and it's still possible to register an event.