Mark Ossolinski & Katie Pickrell

Mark Ossolinski and Katie Pickrell are editorial interns at the Prospect.

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"Protect Kids, Not Guns": Maryland Teenagers Skip School to Demand Action

High school students protested on Capitol Hill and at the White House in solidarity with the victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

(Photo by Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA via AP Images)
Several hundred Washington-area high school students gathered outside the U.S. Capitol and the White House on Wednesday to protest gun violence and urge lawmakers to enact gun control legislation in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The students, who came from a handful of public high schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, north of Washington, skipped the better part of their school day to take Metro’s Red Line down to the U.S. Capitol. There, following several minutes of chants of “Enough is enough” and “Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go,” they were greeted by Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District. “Inside are the powers that be, outside are the powers that ought to be, and you are the powers that are soon to be in the United States of America,” Raskin told the students. Meanwhile, that sentiment also pervaded the atmosphere in...