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Students across nation say they will be walking out of class Wednesday in response to elected officials' failure to address gun violence

Students of Kraxberger Middle School in Gladstone are among the many local kids who say they will be walking out of class Wednesday in response to elected officials' failure to address gun violence.

PHOTO COURTESY: SARAH CHRISTIANSEN - Grace Christiansen and Juliana Peterson are the primary organizers of the walkout planned at Kraxberger Middle School in Gladstone.A coordinated walkout is planned across more than 2,500 schools nationally so far, including Clackamas High School, Clackamas Middle College and Portland Waldorf School in Milwaukie. The primary organizers of the Kraxberger walkout are Grace Christiansen and Juliana Peterson, who have organized a local walkout in solidarity with this initiative to call for comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation.

"We, the students at Kraxberger Middle School, have decided that this moment is too crucial and this issue too urgent to stand idly by," they wrote in a joint statement. "On March 14 we will walk out to the school's parking lot for 17 minutes in an effort to make our voices heard."

March 14 will mark one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 14 students and three staff members killed. Many others were wounded in the shooting.

Women's March Youth Empower is calling on students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a 17-minute walkout in honor of the 17 lives taken.

The 10 a.m. walkout across every time zone on March 14 is meant to protest "Congress' inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers" in response to the gun violence plaguing schools and neighborhoods.

In demanding Congress pass legislation to protect students, they point out that many of those high school students walking out will vote this November and many others will cast their ballots in 2020.

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