On March 14, students from across the country participated in the National School Walkout to commemorate the tragic Valentine's Day shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Throughout the day, millions of students braved the elements to memorialize the 17 people who tragically lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. All of the students that participated in this epic walkout dropped whatever they were doing around 10 a.m. and left their classrooms to raise their voices against gun violence.
According to CNN, students who participated in this monumental walkout wanted Congress to do three things. First, they wanted the nation's leaders to ban assault weapons. Second, the student activists wanted Congress to pass a law that would allow courts to disarm people who showcase disturbing behavioral patterns of a future shooter. Finally, the students demanded that both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate create a law that would require anyone who is interested in purchasing a firearm to pass a universal background check.
The Celebrities' Reaction
Celebrities spoke out in droves commending the students for taking responsibility and voicing their opinions. Among the celebrities who spoke out were iconic performers, fan-favorite creators, and various recording artists. Josh Gad, whose family friend's son was tragically killed during the Feb. 14 massacre, also spoke out. The Frozen voice actor previously vowed to support anti-National Rifle Association candidates and hoped to educate others on gun control following the attack.
"So unbelievably proud of these students. So blown away by their unstoppable energy and their devotion to hold our legislators accountable. They are not going away, but those officials who do nothing to reform gun laws, most certainly will be," tweeted Gad.
Former coach of The Voice, Miley Cyrus, also joined the chorus. The outspoken "Wrecking Ball" singer shared an Instagram clip with a girl carrying a sign that read: 'Protect Kids NOT Guns.' to her 40 million Twitter followers.
"Proud of all of you! Never Give Up! You are THE change! So amazing to see young people take back their power and USE it," wrote Cyrus.
Here are 10 other celebrities that tweeted their support:
1. Rosie O'Donnell:
so proud of my high school students - for walking out today - to every kid who found the strength to use they voices in spite of threats of detention - thank u all - #ParklandStrong #HELLnoNRA #NeverAgainIsNow— ROSIE (@Rosie) March 14, 2018
2. Kerry Washington:
Dear Students, I stand with you. I support you. #NationalWalkoutDay — kerry washington (@kerrywashington) March 14, 2018
3. Allison Janney:
So inspired by all the young people there today. #NationalWalkoutDay #enough #walkout pic.twitter.com/9UUMaywZQl— Allison Janney (@AllisonBJanney) March 14, 2018
4. Debra Messing:
#walkout So proud to be a part of a school community that supports its students need to share their voices. #Never pic.twitter.com/rTX5LMwrcb — Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) March 14, 2018
I am so proud, I stand with every student today. #NationalWalkoutDay — Zendaya (@Zendaya) March 14, 2018
6. Chris Evans:
The young people of this generation give me so much hope. Are u listening @GOP? Time for gun laws to change. And for you 2A-ers, relax, no one is saying you cant own a gun, your right to ‘bear arms shall not be infringed’. Just looking for common sense reform! #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/jB7NCb0MJj— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 14, 2018
7. Jon Bon Jovi:
COULDN'T BE more proud of the youth of these UNITED STATES - Change starts with you. #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/nXQALMOOPA — Jon Bon Jovi (@jonbonjovi) March 14, 2018
8. Ava DuVernay:
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy ." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/sBtJ0II6YG— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 14, 2018
9. Padma Lakshmi:
Because no child should have to choose between their personal safety and an education. @WomensMarchY #enough #walkout #guncontrolnow pic.twitter.com/RxGrux4gid — Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) March 14, 2018
10. Chelsea Kane:
Arms are for hugging. To the students walking out of classrooms today to protest against gun violence, I stand with you. #nationalwalkoutday— Chelsea Kane (@ChelseaKane) March 14, 2018