St. Paul high schoolers will walk out, march on Capitol on Wednesday

They're calling for action on gun control.
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What's happening?

A walkout and protest march calling for action on guns is being held by St. Paul students on Wednesday.

The #MarchForOurLives is asking students in St. Paul to walk out of classes at 11 a.m. and either meet outside of Central High School at 11 a.m., or at the Leif Erickson statue by the Capitol at noon.

According to its website, organizers say the march will "show the state that the students of Minnesota are mobilized and will not stand for the lack of gun control policies that endanger the nation.

It was set up following the Florida school shooting last month, in which 17 people were killed. 

Judging by its Facebook event page, more than 160 students so far are planning to attend, however on its website more than 700 have RSVPd to attend.

More walkouts, marches are coming

Today's demonstration will be followed by another, a national school walkout set to happen next Wednesday.

The ENOUGH: National School Walkout is expected to see students at hundreds of schools taking part not just in America, but in countries around the world.

That includes up to 50 schools in Minnesota that are expected to take part, most of them in the Twin Cities.

Then next month, on April 20, walkouts around the country are expected to coincide with the anniversary of the Columbine shooting in 1999.

Dayton to reveal school safety plan

It comes as Governor Mark Dayton is expected to discuss school security and gun violence in Minnesota on Wednesday.

KSTP reports Dayton will address the issues and the cost implications of improving school security in the wake of the Florida attack.

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