New York City - As news broke that a gunman had killed 17 people at a Florida high school last February, then 15-year-old Lane Murdock decided that she was tired of government inaction in the face of gun violence. That same day, she created an online petition calling for students to protest by walking out of their schools on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, in which two students killed 12 of their classmates and a teacher before committing suicide. "The majority of teenagers have no right to vote, leaving our voice unheard," Murdock wrote on the petition website change.org "As the future of America, it is time for teenagers to speak their minds and put their frustration into action." Murdock did not anticipate how popular her call would be.
The question of whether guns should be allowed in public and private schools across the United States has triggered a raging debate across the country. A campaign group -- Every Town Research -- has found 160 school shootings were reported across 38 states between 2013 and 2015. According to the findings of the group, 64 school shootings were recorded in 2015 alone. The group was set up after 20-year-old alleged shooter Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six staff members in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 2012. Lanza was believed to have shot himself after the terrible killing spree.