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‘A Hug Wasn’t Enough. So We Walked.’ Parkland Students Defy Administrators and Head to a Park.

The students were supposed to gather on their school’s football field Wednesday morning for 17 minutes, and then go back inside their classrooms.

School administrators scheduled the event to mark the tragedy that had befallen their school — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 14 students and three staff members were shot and killed Feb. 14 — and remember the victims. It went according to plan, until the 17 minutes were up.

“They played a song, we did a group hug, and they told us to go back to class,” said Ericka Duval, 17, a junior at Douglas. “But a hug wasn’t enough. So we walked.”