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By Colin A. Young

BOSTON, MARCH 13, 2018....Following the lead of student activists who have carried the flag for gun control since the deadly school shooting last month in Parkland, Fla., high schoolers across Massachusetts plan to join the chorus of voices calling for tougher gun laws Wednesday at events in Boston and Springfield.

Coinciding with a "national school walkout" organized by an arm of the group that led the January 2017 women's marches, high school students plan to leave their classrooms at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Some students plan to then call for action at the State House, while high schoolers from some of Massachusetts's largest cities plan to use the day to call attention to the gun violence issues that affect their urban school communities.

Students from Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Holyoke are expected to rally for an hour outside the Springfield headquarters of Smith & Wesson to demand a meeting with the gun manufacturer's chief executive to discuss how the manufacturer can "help reduce gun violence." The students also want to make sure that the gun violence issues they say are unique to their communities are part of the debate around gun laws.

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