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17 minutes across 5 boroughs: How New York City students protested gun violence during #NationalWalkoutDay

Students from The Salk School of Science in New York City joined Wednesday's national walkout.
Students from The Salk School of Science in New York City joined Wednesday's national walkout.
Monica Disare

The conditions were ripe for widespread participation by New York City students in the national school walkout to protest gun violence: the biggest enrollment of any district in the country, support and guidance from the mayor and schools chief, and a clear winter morning.

So when students began walking out of their schools at 10 a.m. Wednesday, social media immediately buzzed with posts about their activism.

The posts underscored the deep diversity of participation in the city. Protests spanned all five boroughs and all kinds of schools. Elementary and middle schools participated, as did students at high schools. Super-selective schools had organized protests, but so did some of the city’s most struggling schools. And charter schools and district-run schools alike contributed to the mass demonstration.

We’ve rounded up snapshots of some of the many protests. Be sure to watch the videos to capture the full feeling from this morning’s rallies — and please let us know what we’ve missed.


Achievement Prep University High School, a charter school in Brooklyn:

Midwood High School in Brooklyn:

Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, where Mayor Bill de Blasio joined students:

PS 321 in Brooklyn:

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School:

The Harry Van Arsdale campus:

The John Jay high school campus:

“#MOOD Repost from @dustyrebel Students from John Jay High School in Brooklyn joined thousands of students across the country in a walkout in protest of gun violence. The seventeen minute protest took place one month after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida
#NationalSchoolWalkout #Enough #parkland #neveragain #guncontrol #parkslope”

Brooklyn Technical High School, the specialized school with nearly 6,000 students:

At least 5,000 Brooklyn Tech students have taken to the streets this morning to protest against gun violence. #NationalSchoolWalkOut

Posted by Brooklyn Tech Alumni on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PS 29:

"We are the ones that make it happen, we are the agents of change." PS 29 sings about bringing change and hope.

Posted by PS 29 Brooklyn on Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Long Island City High School in Queens:

Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens, via Queens Borough President Melinda Katz:

Bard High School Early College Queens:


Alfred E Smith High School in the Bronx:

Mott Hall Bronx High School:

Young Women’s Leadership Academy in the Bronx:


NEST+m, the citywide gifted school in Manhattan:

Manhattan Center for Science and Math in East Harlem:

#enough walkout at MCSM nyc

— Charles Dick (@make_it_wayne99) March 14, 2018

Success Academy Union Square Charter School:

LaGuardia High School for Music and Art & the Performing Arts:

Talent Unlimited High School

The Uncommon Schools network of charter schools:

KIPP NYC High School:

Harlem Central Success Academy:

Democracy Prep Endurance High School, a charter school:

John Lavelle Preparatory Academy on Staten Island:

Susan Wagner High School:

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