Big Apple high school students took part in a nationwide walkout — the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.
Hundreds of youths from city schools massed in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park, some holding signs that read “Protect kids not guns,” “Books not bullets” and “Together we can end gun violence” as they staged a “die-in” to call for tighter gun laws.
They chanted slogans including, “Hey, hey, NRA, how many kids have you killed today!” ahead of a planned noon rally at the park.
More than 100 students from Queens’ Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School walked out of their school around 10 a.m. and made the journey to the park by train.
“We are the next generation,” senior Cynthia Duran, 18, told The Post as she walked out of the Astoria school holding a sign that read: “Are guns more important than our lives?”
Nicolette Sans, 15, a sophomore, said the walkout is “important” because “we the students — we are going to become the future of America.”
“So it’s important to get our voices out there because if not, more lives will be lost than have already have,” she said. “It’s our job to speak out.”
The Department of Education previously said it will penalize city high school students who take part in the gun control protest, which also falls on 4/20 — marijuana culture’s high holiday.
DOE spokesperson Miranda Barbot said Thursday that kids who take part in Friday’s walkout, which is being supported through a grant by the American Federation of Teachers,
But some students were not worried about being disciplined for the cause.
“I don’t care. The fact that the schools aren’t supporting us, it baffles me,” Duran said. “If we die today, there is no need for schools because there is no student to teach.”
The school walkout is the second national school walkout in protest of gun violence this year since the Feb. 14
The walkouts in the Big Apple are among some roughly 2,600 such events across the country.
“So long as kids are making their voice heard, that’s all I want,” Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg, 17, one of the school’s most outspoken survivors, said as he walked out of the building with his peers Friday.
On April 20, 1999, teenage gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a killing spree at Littleton, Colorado’s Columbine High School, shooting dead 12 of their classmates and a teacher before committing suicide.