Shooting at Florida school on Columbine High School massacre's 19th anniversary

WION Web Team Delhi, India Apr 20, 2018, 09.41 PM(IST)

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The Ocala shooting came when thousands of students across the United States staged walkouts to mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School

A student at a school in Florida shot at a classmate today and go him wounded. According to Marion County's Sheriff's office, the suspect was in custody for carrying out a shooting at Forest High School, Ocala in Florida earlier today. 

The Ocala shooting came when thousands of students across the United States staged walkouts to mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School. The walkouts aimed to pressure US lawmakers to enact tighter gun restrictions. 

Students from more than 2,600 schools and institutions were expected to leave their classes at 10:00 a.m. local time, organizers said. Many wore orange, a colour that has come to represent the movement against gun violence, as they observed a 13-second silence in honour of those killed at Columbine.

Outside the White House, scores of young protesters sat in silence while they listened to the names of gun violence victims read aloud.

On April 20, 1999, two Columbine seniors rampaged through their school, killing 12 of their classmates and a teacher before committing suicide. Since then, mass shootings have occurred with shocking frequency across the United States.

he second deadliest public school shooting in U.S. history took place in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, leaving 17 dead. The shooting set off a national student movement calling for an end to gun violence and tighter gun restrictions.

(With inputs from Reuters)