19 years after Columbine, local students walk out for gun control

WASHINGTON — Marking 19 years since the massacre at Columbine High School that killed 13 people, local students are participating in a walkout protest on Friday to call for stricter gun control.

Before the walkout in front of the White House and a successive march to the Capitol, students at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School displayed 199 white T-shirts on the school’s front fence to represent the number of teens killed by guns this year alone.

See photos of the protests below:

David Hogg, left, a student activist from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speaks to a student as they walk out of their school, Friday, April 20, 2018 in Parkland, Fla.  Another wave of student walkouts is expected to disrupt classes Friday at hundreds of schools across the U.S. as young activists press for tougher gun laws. The protests were chosen to line up with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, which left 13 people dead in Littleton, Colorado. At 10 a.m., students plan to gather for moments of silence honoring the victims at Columbine and other shootings. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer)
David Hogg, left, a student activist from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speaks to a student as they walk out of their school, Friday, April 20, 2018 in Parkland, Fla. Another wave of student walkouts is expected to disrupt classes Friday at hundreds of schools across the U.S. as young activists press for tougher gun laws. The protests were chosen to line up with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, which left 13 people dead in Littleton, Colorado. At 10 a.m., students plan to gather for moments of silence honoring the victims at Columbine and other shootings. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer) (AP/Terry Spencer)
Hundreds of students sat silently for 19 minutes to honor those who have lost their lives to gun violence in the 19 years since the Columbine massacre. (WTOP/John Domen)
Hundreds of students sat silently for 19 minutes to honor those who have lost their lives to gun violence in the 19 years since the Columbine massacre. (WTOP/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
Hundreds of students sat silently for 19 minutes to honor those who have lost their lives to gun violence in the 19 years since the Columbine massacre. (WTOP/John Domen)
Hundreds of students sat silently for 19 minutes to honor those who have lost their lives to gun violence in the 19 years since the Columbine massacre. (WTOP/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
At the walkout protest, a man holds up a sign that reads, "Kids: This Army veteran thanks you for you service!" (WTOP/John Domen)
At the protest, a man holds up a sign that reads, “Kids: This Army veteran thanks you for you service!” (WTOP/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
Students partake in a walkout protest in Lafayette Park near the White House on Friday, marking 19 years since the shooting at Columbine High School. (WTOP/John Domen)
Students partake in a walkout protest in Lafayette Park near the White House on Friday, marking 19 years since the shooting at Columbine High School. (WTOP/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
A student protester holds a sign that says, "Enough is enough" in front of the White House. (WTOP/John Domen)
A student protester holds a sign that says, “Enough is enough” in front of the White House. (WTOP/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
Students gather at Lafayette Square ahead of Friday's protests. (WTOP/John Domen)
Students gather at Lafayette Square ahead of Friday’s protests. (WTOP/John Domen) (WTOP/John Domen)
Students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School display 199 T-shirts at the school's fence to represent the teens killed by guns in 2018. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School display 199 T-shirts at the school’s fence to represent teens killed by guns in 2018. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
A walkout protest in front of the White House is scheduled Friday morning, followed by a march to the Capitol, marking 19 years since the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School display 199 T-shirts to represent the teens killed by guns in 2018. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School display 199 T-shirts to represent the teens killed by guns so far in 2018. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein) (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
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David Hogg, left, a student activist from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speaks to a student as they walk out of their school, Friday, April 20, 2018 in Parkland, Fla.  Another wave of student walkouts is expected to disrupt classes Friday at hundreds of schools across the U.S. as young activists press for tougher gun laws. The protests were chosen to line up with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, which left 13 people dead in Littleton, Colorado. At 10 a.m., students plan to gather for moments of silence honoring the victims at Columbine and other shootings. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer)
Hundreds of students sat silently for 19 minutes to honor those who have lost their lives to gun violence in the 19 years since the Columbine massacre. (WTOP/John Domen)
Hundreds of students sat silently for 19 minutes to honor those who have lost their lives to gun violence in the 19 years since the Columbine massacre. (WTOP/John Domen)
At the walkout protest, a man holds up a sign that reads, "Kids: This Army veteran thanks you for you service!" (WTOP/John Domen)
Students partake in a walkout protest in Lafayette Park near the White House on Friday, marking 19 years since the shooting at Columbine High School. (WTOP/John Domen)
A student protester holds a sign that says, "Enough is enough" in front of the White House. (WTOP/John Domen)
Students gather at Lafayette Square ahead of Friday's protests. (WTOP/John Domen)
Students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School display 199 T-shirts at the school's fence to represent the teens killed by guns in 2018. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School display 199 T-shirts to represent the teens killed by guns in 2018. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)


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