So far, Florida state lawmakers have rejected the students' plea in a way similar to the response from Republican-led state legislatures across the country as well as the GOP-controlled Congress.
Superintendent Curtis Rhodes, of Texas' Needville Independent School District, said students who left class would be suspended for three days, even with permission from their parents. They were eventually put on buses and escorted back to campus by police. The mass protests come exactly one week after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida killed 17 people. On Tuesday, he held a roundtable discussion on school safety and gun policy with state leaders and will meet with students on Wednesday.
"At no time have we said students can not make a statement peacefully while staying in school", Gray said, adding that he had not gotten requests to participate from any students or student groups.
They're hoping their harrowing stories of the shooting will spur lawmakers to action on bills to ban assault weapons sales, allow law enforcement under court order to confiscate guns of those with mental illnesses or set up a registration of assault weapon owners. They held signs, chanted slogans and burst into lawmakers' offices demanding to be heard.
New questions are being raised about whether the gunman in the Florida school shooting could have been stopped.
Lawmakers are under pressure to act on gun-control measures, and President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he meant to ban "bump stock" devices for semiautomatic firearms. Let us know in the comments section below. Reading from her sign, Florida State University senior Jessica Devito says this hit close to home for her since she's from the South Florida area. "Just a reminder for us, and for you guys - this isn't about school shootings and this isn't about violence anymore".
"It's not going to be talk like it has been in the past", Trump said.
"We're not going to be the school that got shot, we're going to be the school that got shot and made something happen".
Megan Mui, a 15-year-old, walked 2 ½ hours from her school to Stoneman Douglas.
For instance, the students said the age to purchase an AR-15-style rifle, the weapon used in the February 14 massacre, shouldn't be younger than the age requirement to purchase a handgun.
"If he's not old enough to buy a drink, to go and buy a beer, he should not be able to buy a gun at 18 years old", Cary Gruber said. No longer can you fly under the radar and do whatever it is that you want to do.
The Florida high school shooter's lawyer has said he is sad, mournful and remorseful and has called him "a broken human being".