Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Activists lineup thousands of children's shoes outside US Capitol lawn

Activists lineup thousands of children's shoes outside US Capitol lawn

Students across the country plan to walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 students and staff members who were killed in the February 14 massacre.

Organizers say the shoes should be filled with kids, jumping and skipping and hope the memorial will serve as a poignant reminder to Congress on the need to act on gun control.

The display was laid out on the southeast lawn of the Capitol.

A massive and powerful display in Washington Tuesday calling for an end to gun violence. Her daughter is taking part in an active shooter drill at school on Wednesday, a necessity that she described as a "terrifying reality". "And she said 'hi mommy".

The event was planned by Avaaz, an worldwide advocacy group, that has done similar events before.

Activists and volunteers gathered at dawn, placing 7,000 colorful pairs of donated children's footwear side by side in a trapezoid shape to commemorate those who have died since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, including Cameron Kasky, Alex Wind, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, began promoting the demonstration days after surviving the February 14 shooting massacre at the school. There has been, on average, at least one school shooting a week in the United States since 2013.

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