WASHINGTON: One month to the day after a 19-year-old shooter unleashed a hail of gunfire at a Florida high school, tens of thousands of American students will stage a school walkout in a politically charged tribute to the victims.
The "National School Walkout" slated to begin on Wednesday at 10.00am will last 17 minutes - one for each victim shot dead during the Valentine's Day massacre in Parkland.
The event to honour those slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - organised by the same group behind the Women's March, which in January 2017 saw millions of demonstrators take to the streets against Donald Trump's White House inauguration - say the walkout is also an act of protest against the gun violence plaguing the United States.
Those launching calls for action, many under the hashtag #Enough, are urging measures including expanding the background check system and curbing sales of assault-style rifles.
"Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school," wrote organisers on their website.
"We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns. Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence."