NewsPolitics Cuomo, de Blasio and other elected officials join NYC students during National School Walkout “This day is about young people talking to elected officials,” a councilman said during an after-school rally. Gov. Andrew Cuomo joins students at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan during the national school walkout on Wednesday morning. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt By Matthew Chayes email@example.com @chayesmatthew Updated March 14, 2018 8:13 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Gov. Andrew Cuomo lay on the ground with lower Manhattan students for an anti-gun “die-in.” Two teachers-union bosses chanted “enough is enough!” — but hundreds of young voices were louder than adults. And during a school walkout in Brooklyn, even the garrulous mayor found brevity Wednesday, with young women from a Brooklyn high school’s activist club dominating the microphone. New York’s elected officials appeared across the city Wednesday during students’ city-sanctioned walkouts to protest for stronger gun-control laws on the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead. “This day is not about elected officials talking to young people,” Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) said at an afterschool gun-control rally in Prospect Park. “This day is about young people talking to elected officials.” About 100,000 students walked out of class for about 17 minutes beginning at 10 a.m., according to city Department of Education spokesman Will Mantell. They were mostly drawn from the city’s 500,000 6th through 12th graders. Like students across the country, they walked out to honor those slain in the Parkland shooting by a disgruntled and heavily armed ex-student. He killed 17 people before being captured. And the protesters walked out Thursday to push for more gun control in the face of what they see as a legislative logjam. “You are making so clear to this whole country that you are sick of the violence, you’re sick of the madness, you’re sick of the slaughter, and you won’t stand for it,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said outside Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood, Brooklyn. To be sure, adults set the rules (the city Department of Education told students they could be out of school only for the roughly 17-minute length of the protest, and the NYPD helped keep students from leaving the school block), provided logistical support (the effort had help from Everytown, the Mike Bloomberg-funded, pro-gun-control group), and offered assistance to a few of the nervous teens (“If you’re not sure what you want to say, we’ll help you out!” a Brooklyn borough president staffer said at the Prospect Park rally.). But the students had opinions about firearms — and ideas on what America should do to reduce school shootings. “I definitely don’t think that we should have guns here in America,” said Amanda Barrett, 18, a Murrow senior and student-body vice president, who thinks the U.S. should consider repealing the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The student body president, Jolisa Lowe, 17, said she is concerned by how school shooters get guns — and wants more restrictions on who can get a gun and how many one person can own. “Guns should mostly be reserved for cops and people like military, not just any other citizen, unless there’s like a clear reason,” she said. Politicians’ involvement, however muted, unnerved Nupol Kiazolu, a 17-year-old senior at Brooklyn’s Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice. “These politicians do not care. They just want the vote. So that’s why I’m stressing now, the people need to take their power back,” she said in a Black Lives Matter sweatshirt, “especially young people, because we’re a huge voting bloc.” By Matthew Chayes firstname.lastname@example.org @chayesmatthew Matthew Chayes, a Newsday reporter since 2007, covers New York City Hall. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Students call for 'reform and change' at walkout"I'm excited right now, to show that we can make a difference." Bronx student activists are ready for next walkout"The next one that we do, it's going to be a show stopper. We are nice and loud now." Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.