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Viacom suspends programming as students walk out

MTV dedicated 17 minutes of its airtime to honoring young people leading the fight against gun violence.
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MTV dedicated 17 minutes of its airtime to honoring young people leading the fight against gun violence.

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Viacom suspended all programming on its networks for 17 minutes as students across the nation walked out of school Wednesday to protest gun violence.

The suspension coincided with the National School Walkout, which started at 10 a.m. The company’s networks include MTV, BET, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, among others.

The walkouts are the biggest demonstration yet of the student activism that has emerged following the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.