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Union urges Delaware teachers’ union to join gun protests

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(AP) β€” 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 News Journal reports that 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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