ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Thousands of student descended Wednesday on the Capitol to protest gun violence and demand changes three weeks after the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.

(credit: CBS)

The students first gathered at St. Paul’s Central High School around 11 a.m. and walked 20 blocks down Marshall Avenue to the capitol grounds, where they held a rally at Leif Erickson Park. It’s estimated around 5,000 students participated in the walkout.

Although the temperature was around 25 degrees noontime, many wore T-shirts and trudged through the snow in tennis shoes, all while carrying signs and chanting.

The students say they skipped class to send a message to adults.

“We’re students…but we still have voices and we should fight for it, this is our stand,” said Liya Gebremarian, a sophomore at Central High School.

During the rally, the students heard from lawmakers who are pushing for stronger gun control laws. State Rep. Dave Pinto (D – Highland Park) urged the students to keep the pressure on.

“You need to come back, day after day after day, until those bills get a hearing, get a vote and become law,” he said, adding: “Are you with me?”

For Central junior Jada Davis, the demonstration was personal.

Her cousin witnessed a campus shooting at Central Michigan University earlier this month.

“It was the last straw for me, because not only is this keep happening, but my family is involved in it, so something has to go,” she said.

Wednesday’s walkout won’t mark the end of student protest, as there are three more marches planned nationwide, with the final one slated for April 10, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled a $21 million safety plan for preventing school shootings. The Democratic governor is also asking lawmakers to pass a series of gun restrictions, including age restrictions for assault rifles.

Comments (8)
  1. Some our future leaders are gathered here!! You are smart, you have a voice and we are listening!! Thank you for your organizing!! Continue your efforts!! Continue to resist!!

    1. Public Schools should lose their tax exempt status when they use children to push liberal politics during class time.

      The Schools already got money to improve safety after previous shootings, but they probably spend the money on something else.

      1. So by that logic churches should lose their tax exempt status when they push conservative politics during from the pulpit?

        1. Public Schools are a liberal church system for liberal ideology — Liberals believe in a fake utopian society so it’s an illegal state sponsored church system.

          Gun Control laws are illegal in the USA, and public schools have no civil rights in the constitution. So the School should not get any money for when kids aren’t in class learning math and science.

  2. Frisk any one of these brainwashed liberal public school students and you will find narcotics, illegal prescriptions, knives and handguns. Must be nice for taxpayers to fund these schools who push a free day off if they go out to stop traffic and shout things they know nothing about. Not one of them could ask a single real question. The liberal media gives them a pass.

    1. Craig Bares says:

      So we should just cut funds to the public school system. Think about that one? Who’s the dumb one. At least these kids are doing something to help control the out of control gun situation in this nation. They are a lot smarter than you give them credit and probably know more about the topic than most adults. They have a stake in it at school their lives.

  3. Hans Zink says:

    As I have been saying for years, students in this country are getting dumber and dumber. You can thank the liberals for our wasted educational system.