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Union Urges Delaware Teachers' Union to Join Gun Protests

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 10:00 AM Updated:
Protestors join in on a grassroots movement during a rally against gun violence in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in the wake of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) Protestors join in on a grassroots movement during a rally against gun violence in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in the wake of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- Delaware's largest educators union has urged teachers and school staff to participate in three upcoming protests against gun violence.

A mass shooting last week at a high school in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead and has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses around the country. The protests are meant to pressure lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws.

The president of the Delaware State Education Association posted a lengthy blog post Monday encouraging union members to take part in the protests and "to push for common sense gun regulations that will help keep our schools safe."

The first protest is planned for March 14. Organizers are calling for a 17-minute walkout to "protest Congress' inaction" in response to gun violence.

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