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Thousands of students gather in the parking lot of Saint Paul Central high school.

Dozens of upper school students from St. Paul Academy and Summit School walked out of school through the Huss doors at 10:30 a.m. in protest of gun control and school safety. After driving to the campus of Saint Paul Central High School and gathering in a parking lot, the walk began as thousands of students crowded the streets with signs, megaphones, and chants (listen) as they made their way to the Capitol of Minnesota. The hour-long walk consisted of sporadic sprinting, and seemingly unprovoked cheering and applause. Although every student protested in their own way, the message remained the same.

“We want to show legislature and people within the Minnesota community that the students really care about these issues. We’re not going to stop until something is actually being done,” senior Maya Shrestha said.

Shrestha was one of several students from SPA who communicated with other Saint Paul high schools to plan the walkout. Police estimated that over 5,000 people participated in the protest in total.

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