DULUTH- Thousands of students across the country are expected to put their pencils down Wednesday, and walk out of school to demonstrate against gun violence.
Organizers say nearly 3,000 walkouts are planned. 

It's the biggest show of student activism yet, after 17 people were killed at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School exactly one month ago.
Some of the schools in our region taking part include: UMD, Duluth East and Duluth Denfeld high schools, the Harbor City School, and Washburn High School. These are just some of the schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin participating. 

The protests have drawn mixed reactions from school administrators. While some applaud students for taking a stand, others threatened discipline. 

Some students say they don't care about the consequences, as they say the issue is too important to remain silent. 

The protests will last 17 minutes, one for each of the lives lost during the Florida school shooting.