Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, including Cameron Kasky, Alex Wind, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, began promoting the demonstration days after surviving the February 14 shooting massacre at the school. The Capitol is the home of the U.S. Congress. @Avaaz says it represents the number of children who died bc of gun violence. "The protesters held up a sign that read "#NotOneMore".
The event was planned by Avaaz, an worldwide advocacy group, that has done similar events before. Some of the shoes being placed on the lawn are from some of the victims, according to Avaaz.
On that day, a total of 20 children and six adults were killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT. That report found that approximately 1,300 children are killed by guns each and every year. A few have threatened to suspend students if they disrupt class by leaving.
Organizers of the memorial said the Parkland shooting was the catalyst for creating the memorial.
Dozens of colleges and universities across the country, including at least three Ivy League schools, have said their application processes will not consider disciplinary action taken against high school students who engage in protests. The symbolic shoe demonstrations likely draw inspiration from the renowned memorial at the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest that honors lives lost during the Holocaust.