It started as a memorial to the 17 dead.
But after students at West Boca Raton Community High School gathered outside Tuesday to mark 17 minutes of silence — one for each person shot to death last week at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — it turned into a protest for gun control.
“If you cannot use guns the right way, there shouldn’t be guns at all,” one student yelled, drawing roars from the crowd of his classmates, who chanted, “We! Want! Change!”
Suddenly, a few students bolted to leave the campus, ignoring the commands by school staff to stay — and much of the student body followed, skipping classes to march to Stoneman Douglas in the city of Parkland ....