'NRA has got to go': The most powerful signs from the student walkout

Laura Kenney
Yahoo Lifestyle

On Wednesday, March 14, students across the nation came together to protest gun violence, one month after the shooting in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people — 14 of them children — were killed. Student walkouts were timed to begin at 10 a.m. local time and lasted for 17 minutes, one for each Parkland victim.

Students carried signs that did not mince words, with direct messages aimed at politicians and anyone over 18 who can use their voices to vote. “We want to read books, not eulogies,” read a sign in New York City, while in Alexandria, Va., over 65 children from an elementary school wore orange and stood silently, as reported by the Guardian’s Lois Beckett. Their eyes downcast — many looked to be on the verge of tears — the kids held signs with school shooting victims’ names written on them, interspersed with messages such as “Never again.”

Here is a sampling of signs that deliver the students’ meaningful messages.

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<p>Students take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence at Marjory Stone Douglas High School on March 14, 2018 in Parkland, Fla.<br> (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Student Protest signs

Students take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence at Marjory Stone Douglas High School on March 14, 2018 in Parkland, Fla.
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<p>High school students at the Denver State Capitol take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Student Protest signs

High school students at the Denver State Capitol take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Students from Park High School and Sleeping Giant Middle School in Livingston, MT take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence. <br> (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Student Protest signs

Students from Park High School and Sleeping Giant Middle School in Livingston, MT take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence.
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<p>Students at Lane Technical High School in Chicago take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence.<br> (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Student Protest signs

Students at Lane Technical High School in Chicago take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence.
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<p>High school students at the Denver State Capitol take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence.<br> (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Student Protest signs

High school students at the Denver State Capitol take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence.
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<p>Isabella Yow 16, sophomore at Cherry Creek High School makes one more picture as she joined students at the Denver State Capitol and schools across the nation with walkouts/gun violence protests on the one month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting. March 14, 2018 Denver, Colorado. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Student Protest signs

Isabella Yow 16, sophomore at Cherry Creek High School makes one more picture as she joined students at the Denver State Capitol and schools across the nation with walkouts/gun violence protests on the one month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting. March 14, 2018 Denver, Colorado. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>10th grader Ambrea Balerede from DSST Byers joined high school students at the Denver State Capitol as schools across the nation with walkouts/gun violence protests on the one month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting. March 14, 2018 Denver, Colorado.<br> (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Student Protest signs

10th grader Ambrea Balerede from DSST Byers joined high school students at the Denver State Capitol as schools across the nation with walkouts/gun violence protests on the one month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting. March 14, 2018 Denver, Colorado.
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<p>Students from Adams Elementary School and Ballard High Schooll in Seattle, Washington take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence.<br> (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Student Protest signs

Students from Adams Elementary School and Ballard High Schooll in Seattle, Washington take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence.
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<p>Students from Josephinum Academy in Chicago take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence.<br> (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Student Protest signs

Students from Josephinum Academy in Chicago take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence.
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<p>Students at Science, Language and Arts International School in Brooklyn, New York take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence.<br> (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Student Protest signs

Students at Science, Language and Arts International School in Brooklyn, New York take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence.
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<p>Students at Science, Language and Arts International School participate in a walkout to address school safety and gun violence on March 14, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. <br> (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Student Protest signs

Students at Science, Language and Arts International School participate in a walkout to address school safety and gun violence on March 14, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York.
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<p>Students gather in New York City’s Astor Place neighborhood to protest gun violence. (Photo: Alex Mondalek for Yahoo Lifestyle) </p>
“Guns in school? We say no. NRA has got to go”

Students gather in New York City’s Astor Place neighborhood to protest gun violence. (Photo: Alex Mondalek for Yahoo Lifestyle)

<p>Students from Harvest Collegiate High School form a circle around the fountain in Washington Square Park on March 14, 2018, in New York City to take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence, one month after the shooting in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
“I want to read books not eulogies”

Students from Harvest Collegiate High School form a circle around the fountain in Washington Square Park on March 14, 2018, in New York City to take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence, one month after the shooting in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Students in Washington Square Park, New York City, take part in a national walkout. (Photo: Julie Giusti for Yahoo Lifestyle) </p>
“I want to go to school not my funeral”

Students in Washington Square Park, New York City, take part in a national walkout. (Photo: Julie Giusti for Yahoo Lifestyle)

<p>Students at Yarmouth High School chant during a walkout to protest gun violence in Yarmouth, Maine. (Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP) </p>
“Protect kids not guns”

Students at Yarmouth High School chant during a walkout to protest gun violence in Yarmouth, Maine. (Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

<p>Students at Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts participate in a walkout to address school safety and gun violence in Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
“Don’t Shoot”

Students at Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts participate in a walkout to address school safety and gun violence in Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Students hold signs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., on March 14, 2018, during a national walkout to protest gun violence. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
“How many tears, how much blood, will it take?”

Students hold signs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., on March 14, 2018, during a national walkout to protest gun violence. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Students in Washington Square Park in New York City take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence. (Photo: Julie Giusti for Yahoo Lifestyle) </p>
“We don’t want thoughts and prayers, we want change”

Students in Washington Square Park in New York City take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence. (Photo: Julie Giusti for Yahoo Lifestyle)

<p>Students gather in New York City’s Astor Square neighborhood to protest gun violence. (Photo: Alex Mondalek for Yahoo Lifestyle) </p>
“I should be worried about my SAT… Instead I’m worried about our lives”

Students gather in New York City’s Astor Square neighborhood to protest gun violence. (Photo: Alex Mondalek for Yahoo Lifestyle)

<p>Students from James Ferris High School hold a banner outside of the school during a student walkout in Jersey City, N.J. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP) </p>
“We stand together”

Students from James Ferris High School hold a banner outside of the school during a student walkout in Jersey City, N.J. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

<p>Students at Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts participate in a walkout to address school safety and gun violence in Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
“We will not tolerate it anymore!!!”

Students at Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts participate in a walkout to address school safety and gun violence in Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Students from Grace Church School gather in New York City’s Astor Place neighborhood to protest gun violence. (Photo: Alex Mondalek for Yahoo Lifestyle) </p>
“I’d rather cheat on a test than have to cheat death”

Students from Grace Church School gather in New York City’s Astor Place neighborhood to protest gun violence. (Photo: Alex Mondalek for Yahoo Lifestyle)

<p>Students, age 17 and 18, pose for photographs with a banner outside the American School in London, after taking part in a 10 a.m. local time, 17-minute walkout in the school playground, which was attended by approximately 300 students aged 14-18. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP) </p>
“#Enough”

Students, age 17 and 18, pose for photographs with a banner outside the American School in London, after taking part in a 10 a.m. local time, 17-minute walkout in the school playground, which was attended by approximately 300 students aged 14-18. (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)

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