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Will adults listen to the Parkland high school students?

Will adults listen to the Parkland high school students?

In the wake of the massacre that killed 17 people and wounded many more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., students at the school announced their intent to stage the March for Our Lives in Washington on March 24 in support of gun control. Others called for nationwide walkouts on the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting April 14.

Many news outlets seemed surprised that young people would seize the opportunity to assert themselves as leaders. They shouldn't be. Students have long been at the forefront of social movements, risking punishment both inside and outside schools for their activism. As leaders in the civil rights movement more than a...

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