School violence remembered as thousands of shoes placed before US Congress

School violence remembered as thousands of shoes placed before US Congress

School violence remembered as thousands of shoes placed before US Congress

Activists left 7,000 pairs of shoes outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to express the number of children's lives lost since the devastating Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012, Mashable reports.

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.

An activist group on Tuesday placed 7,000 pairs of shoes on the lawn in front of U.S. Congress, in protest against lawmakers' inaction in face of frequent school shootings in the country.

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Celebrities were also among those who donated shoes, ABC reported. Avaaz, an global advocacy group, planned the demonstration to honor victims killed since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports almost 13 hundred U.S. Children under the age of 17 are killed by guns every year.

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Dozens of colleges and universities across the country, including at least three Ivy League schools, have said their application processes will not consider disciplinary action taken against high school students who engage in protests.

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