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They’re taking the lead from the 1,000 students at West Boca Raton High School, who on Tuesday ignored initial pleas from administrators and marched the six miles or so to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Senior High. It was a show of solidarity with the survivors of the Valentine’s Day attack that took 17 lives and who are now pressing Tallahassee lawmakers to alter the state’s gun laws.
On Wednesday, students from at least a dozen high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are expected to march from their classrooms. Most will stand silent for 17 minutes in remembrance of the 17 students at the Parkland high school who lost their lives.
Hialeah and American senior high school students are expected to march. So are kids from Hialeah Gardens, Cutler Bay Senior High. Miami Beach and Ronald Reagan High School. Other schools taking up the cause include John A. Ferguson Senior High, Barbara Goleman Senior High, Coral Gables Senior High, South Miami Senior High and Westland Hialeah High School. Students from Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines are expected to leave their classrooms as well.
The marches will also be a remembrance of the 17 students who lost their lives on Feb. 14, when a troubled former student named Nikolas Cruz walked into the Parkland high school firing rounds from an AR-15. Thirty-two students and administrators were struck, 17 of them died.