14 March 2018  |  At least one Adventist school in the United States had students who joined the National Student Walkout to remember the tragic mass shooting at a public high school in Florida a month ago. Andrews University “is supportive of the walkout and is asking faculty and staff, where possible, to accommodate students wanting to participate,” said Dr. Andrea Luxton, university president, in an Email to faculty.

“Andrews students have voiced the desire to participate in this action, citing their Christian duty to hold each other accountable for the lives of their fellow brothers and sisters,” the Email stated. “More importantly, they expressed, it is a time where we can life up more than just prayers, but also act to improve the safety of our friends, families and communities.”

News reports estimate that a million or more students at all levels of schooling joined a walkout this morning for 17 minutes to remember the 17 students killed February 14 when a gunman shot more than 100 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The incident has sparked a widespread movement among teens and young adults in the United States seeking tighter restrictions on access to firearms, especially the types of firearms that are designed for use in military action and enable rapid fire.