Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, including Cameron Kasky, Alex Wind, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, began promoting the demonstration days after surviving the February 14 shooting massacre at the school.
The 14,000 shoes serve as an installment that organizers called, "Monument for our Kids". The Capitol is the home of the U.S. Congress. Approximately five years and three months passed between the Sandy Hook shooting and the demonstration; in that period of time by those figures, the number of children killed by guns would be roughly 6,825.
The shoes will be donated when the monument is dismantled.
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Students across the country will walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 victims who lost their lives in the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The 7,000 pairs represent all child victims since 20 kindergartners and first-graders died at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012.
According to a press release issued in advance of the event, the figure of 7,000 came from the Centers for Disease Control. "Culture is changing in America right now". A few have threatened to suspend students if they disrupt class by leaving.
The silent protest is meant to spur lawmakers to take action on gun reforms.
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