High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

In a wave of demonstrations reaching from Arizona to Maine, students at dozens of U.S. high schools walked out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence and honor the victims of last week’s deadly shooting in Florida.

The protests spread from school to school as students shared plans for their demonstrations over social media. Many lasted 17 minutes in honor of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Hundreds of students from Maryland schools left class to rally at the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds more filed out of their schools in cities from Chicago to Pittsburgh to Austin, Texas, often at the lunch hour. Thousands walked out in Florida. (AP)

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<p>Students visit memorial for Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting victims on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Fla. (Photo: mpi04/MediaPunch/IPX/AP) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students visit memorial for Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting victims on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Fla. (Photo: mpi04/MediaPunch/IPX/AP)

<p>Madison Flores, 17, middle, participates in a walkout and demonstration for gun control at Anderson High School in Austin, Texas, on Friday Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP) </p>
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Madison Flores, 17, middle, participates in a walkout and demonstration for gun control at Anderson High School in Austin, Texas, on Friday Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

<p>PARKLAND, FL – FEBRUARY 23: Deerfield Beach high school students arrive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after walking the 11 miles from school to school in support of the victims of the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

PARKLAND, FL – FEBRUARY 23: Deerfield Beach high school students arrive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after walking the 11 miles from school to school in support of the victims of the mass shooting on campus on February 23, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz for killing 17 people at the high school. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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<p>Students from Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. gather outside the school to honor the lives lost from the high school shooting last week, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Nick Tomecek/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. gather outside the school to honor the lives lost from the high school shooting last week, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Nick Tomecek/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

<p>High school students Mia Arrington, center, 18, of West End, and Cheyenne Springette, right, 17, of Mt. Oliver, lead chants as they march down Liberty Avenue during a walk-out in solidarity with other high schools across the country to show support for Parkland, Fla, students on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in downtown Pittsburgh. (Photo: Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

High school students Mia Arrington, center, 18, of West End, and Cheyenne Springette, right, 17, of Mt. Oliver, lead chants as they march down Liberty Avenue during a walk-out in solidarity with other high schools across the country to show support for Parkland, Fla, students on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in downtown Pittsburgh. (Photo: Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

<p>High School student Taylor Fraasch, 16, of Brookline, wipes tears from her eyes as she prepares to speak during a walk-out in solidarity with other high schools across the country to show support for Parkland, Fla., students on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in downtown Pittsburgh. (Photo: Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

High School student Taylor Fraasch, 16, of Brookline, wipes tears from her eyes as she prepares to speak during a walk-out in solidarity with other high schools across the country to show support for Parkland, Fla., students on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in downtown Pittsburgh. (Photo: Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

<p>Hundreds of students from Deerfield Beach High School in Coconut Creek, Fla., make their way to Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., to show support for victims of the recent shooting. (Photo: Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Hundreds of students from Deerfield Beach High School in Coconut Creek, Fla., make their way to Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., to show support for victims of the recent shooting. (Photo: Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

<p>Students visit memorial for Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting victims on Feb. 23, 2018 in Parkland, Fla. (Photo: mpi04/MediaPunch/IPX/AP) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students visit memorial for Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting victims on Feb. 23, 2018 in Parkland, Fla. (Photo: mpi04/MediaPunch/IPX/AP)

<p>Students from Montgomery Blair High School march down Colesville Road in support of gun reform legislation Feb. 21, 2018 in Silver Spring, Md. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from Montgomery Blair High School march down Colesville Road in support of gun reform legislation Feb. 21, 2018 in Silver Spring, Md. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>Students participate in a protest against gun violence February 21, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Hundreds of students from a number of Maryland and DC schools walked out of their classrooms and made a trip to the U.S. Capitol and the White House to call for gun legislation, one week after 17 were killed in the latest mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students participate in a protest against gun violence February 21, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Hundreds of students from a number of Maryland and DC schools walked out of their classrooms and made a trip to the U.S. Capitol and the White House to call for gun legislation, one week after 17 were killed in the latest mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

<p>Students at Mayo High School stage a walkout against gun violence for 17 minutes during the school day Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Rochester, Minn. The 17 minutes were in memory of the 17 victims in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. (Photo: Andrew Link/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students at Mayo High School stage a walkout against gun violence for 17 minutes during the school day Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Rochester, Minn. The 17 minutes were in memory of the 17 victims in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. (Photo: Andrew Link/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)

<p>Students from West Boca Raton Community High School carry a placard as they walk to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, during a protest to show support, following a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from West Boca Raton Community High School carry a placard as they walk to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, during a protest to show support, following a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

<p>Students from West Boca Raton Community High School walk on the street as they arrive to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, during a sympathy protest, following a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from West Boca Raton Community High School walk on the street as they arrive to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, during a sympathy protest, following a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

<p>Students who walked out of their Montgomery County, Maryland, schools protest against gun violence in front of the White House in Washington, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students who walked out of their Montgomery County, Maryland, schools protest against gun violence in front of the White House in Washington, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>School students from Montgomery County, Md., in suburban Washington, rally in solidarity with those affected by the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

School students from Montgomery County, Md., in suburban Washington, rally in solidarity with those affected by the shooting at Parkland High School in Florida, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

<p>Students from South Plantation High School carrying placards and shouting slogans walk on the street during a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Plantation, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from South Plantation High School carrying placards and shouting slogans walk on the street during a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Plantation, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

<p>Students from Montgomery Blair High School march down Colesville Road in support of gun reform legislation Feb. 21, 2018 in Silver Spring, Md. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from Montgomery Blair High School march down Colesville Road in support of gun reform legislation Feb. 21, 2018 in Silver Spring, Md. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>High school students hold candles in memory of the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as they stand in front of the North Carolina State Capitol building during a march for safer gun laws at dusk in Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

High school students hold candles in memory of the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as they stand in front of the North Carolina State Capitol building during a march for safer gun laws at dusk in Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

<p>Students from South Plantation High School carrying placards and shouting slogans walk on the street during a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Plantation, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from South Plantation High School carrying placards and shouting slogans walk on the street during a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Plantation, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

<p>Students from Western High School holding banners with info of past mass shootings take part in a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Davie, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from Western High School holding banners with info of past mass shootings take part in a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Davie, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

<p>Demonstrators listen as the names of the victims of the Florida school shooting are read during a student protest for gun control legislation in front of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Demonstrators listen as the names of the victims of the Florida school shooting are read during a student protest for gun control legislation in front of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

<p>A student holds a sign noting the use of the AR-15 automatic rifle in multiple mass killings, after a demonstration calling for safer gun laws outside the North Carolina State Capitol building six days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

A student holds a sign noting the use of the AR-15 automatic rifle in multiple mass killings, after a demonstration calling for safer gun laws outside the North Carolina State Capitol building six days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 20, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Drake/Reuters)

<p>Students from Western High School carrying placards, take part in a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Davie, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from Western High School carrying placards, take part in a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Davie, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

<p>Students from Western High School carrying placards, take part in a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Davie, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from Western High School carrying placards, take part in a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Davie, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

<p>Students from South Plantation High School carrying placards and shouting slogans walk on the street during a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Plantation, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from South Plantation High School carrying placards and shouting slogans walk on the street during a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Plantation, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

<p>Students from South Plantation High School carrying placards and shouting slogans walk on the street during a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Plantation, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from South Plantation High School carrying placards and shouting slogans walk on the street during a protest in support of the gun control, following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Plantation, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

<p>Students participate in a protest against gun violence February 21, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Hundreds of students from a number of Maryland and DC schools walked out of their classrooms and made a trip to the U.S. Capitol and the White House to call for gun legislation, one week after 17 were killed in the latest mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students participate in a protest against gun violence February 21, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Hundreds of students from a number of Maryland and DC schools walked out of their classrooms and made a trip to the U.S. Capitol and the White House to call for gun legislation, one week after 17 were killed in the latest mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

<p>Students from Montgomery Blair High School march down Colesville Road in support of gun reform legislation Feb. 21, 2018 in Silver Spring, Maryland. In the wake of last week’s shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed, the students planned to take public transportation to the U.S. Capitol to hold a rally demanding legislation to curb gun violence in schools. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students from Montgomery Blair High School march down Colesville Road in support of gun reform legislation Feb. 21, 2018 in Silver Spring, Maryland. In the wake of last week’s shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed, the students planned to take public transportation to the U.S. Capitol to hold a rally demanding legislation to curb gun violence in schools. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

<p>Glenwood Springs High School freshman Johnathon Webster, center, leads his classmates in a chant in a walkout and demonstration during their lunch break in front of the high school in support of the Parkland, Fla., shooting victims and against the NRA, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Glenwood Springs High School freshman Johnathon Webster, center, leads his classmates in a chant in a walkout and demonstration during their lunch break in front of the high school in support of the Parkland, Fla., shooting victims and against the NRA, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

<p>West Boca Raton Community High School students cheer after reaching Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Hundreds of students from the high school walked out Tuesday and made their way to the site of a school shooting about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away in a show of solidarity for bringing an end to gun violence. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

West Boca Raton Community High School students cheer after reaching Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Hundreds of students from the high school walked out Tuesday and made their way to the site of a school shooting about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away in a show of solidarity for bringing an end to gun violence. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

<p>Students participate in a protest against gun violence Feb. 21, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Hundreds of students from a number of Maryland and DC schools walked out of their classrooms and made a trip to the U.S. Capitol and the White House to call for gun legislation, one week after 17 were killed in the latest mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) </p>
High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence

Students participate in a protest against gun violence Feb. 21, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Hundreds of students from a number of Maryland and DC schools walked out of their classrooms and made a trip to the U.S. Capitol and the White House to call for gun legislation, one week after 17 were killed in the latest mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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