Central Florida students plan school walkouts against gun violence Wednesday


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Central Florida students are joining schools around the country in a nationwide school walkout Wednesday morning against gun violence.

The walkouts come exactly one month after a gunman shot 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14. Organized by leaders of the Women's March, the #Enough National School Walkouts will start at 10 a.m. on March 14 and last for 17 minutes – a minute for each life taken at Stoneman Douglas high school.

The protest is specifically calling out Congress for its "refusal to take action on the gun violence epidemic plaguing out schools and neighborhoods."

"Our elected officials must do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to this violence," the Women's March organization said in a statement. "We view this work as part of an ongoing and decades-long movement for gun violence prevention, in honor of all victims of gun violence – from James Brady to Trayvon Martin to the 17 people killed in Parkland."

Women's March organizers say 2,853 walkouts at schools have been planned. Here's a list of the Central Florida schools that are participating. If we missed your school, let us know:

- Apopka High School, 555 Martin St., Apopka at 9:45 a.m.
- Boone High School, 1000 E. Kaley St., Orlando at 11:45 a.m.
- Dr. Phillips High School, 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando at 10 a.m.
- Audubon Park Elementary, 1750 Common Way Road, Orlando at 10 a.m.
- Cypress Creek High School, 1101 Bear Crossing Drive, Orlando at 10 a.m.
- Osceola High School, 420 S. Thacker Ave., Kissimmee at 10 a.m.
- Celebration High School, 1809 Celebration Blvd., Celebration at 10 a.m.
- Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando at 10 a.m.
- Wekiva High School, 2501 N. Hiawassee Road, Apopka at 9:30 a.m.
- Winter Park High School, 2100 Summerfield Road, Winter Park at 10 a.m.
- Trinity Preparatory School, 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park at 10 a.m.
- University High School, 2450 Cougar Way, Orlando at 10 a.m.
- Oveido High School, 601 King St., Oviedo at 10 a.m.
- Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood at 10 a.m.

The March for Our Lives rally to demand gun reform solutions will be on March 24 at noon at Lake Eola Park in Orlando.

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