These Students Were Told They Couldn't Come Back to School for Protesting Gun Violence

Students at a high school in Missouri were told they couldn't come back to school on Tuesday after they staged a protest against gun violence.

The more than 200 students walked out of Riverview Gardens High School in St. Louis on Tuesday, holding signs with messages like "Is your semi-automatic worth my life?," according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. School officials told them they wouldn't be allowed to return to school after their protest and would be banned from riding the school buses at the end of the day. Other officials even said they'd be suspended.

"The Second Amendment right has been killing my peers because a gun ended up in the wrong hands of a clearly mentally unstable person," Kenidra Woods, a junior at the school, said at the protests. "Just last week, the fire alarm was pulled at our school, and I immediately thought, Parkland. I thought a student would do the same thing Nikolas Cruz did to get everyone to run in the hallway and then shoot them. I heard some other students say the same exact thing. We should not be worried about a shooter coming into our school, when it is supposed to be a place of learning."

Several dozen Riverview Gardens High students have walked out of school to protest gun violence and call for gun control.

— Kristen Taketa (@Kristen_Taketa) February 27, 2018

After the uproar over the decision, school officials reversed their decision and allowed students to ride the buses.

The protests continue a wave of demonstrations across the country in the wake of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A gunman and former student of the school shot and killed 17 people, both students and adults. Students all over the country have planned or staged large-scale protests to voice their opinions to politicians, even if they aren't old enough to vote yet.