Josh Gad, Julianne Moore Cheer on #NationalSchoolWalkout Day: ‘Keep Fighting’

“Your generation is the change our country so desperately needs right now,” “Beauty and the Beast” star tweets

#NationalSchoolWalkout Day
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On the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting massacre, students around the country have taken to the streets to protest gun violence as part of #NationalSchoolWalkout Day. And Hollywood stars are showing their support for the young activists.

Josh Gad, Julianne Moore, James Cromwell and George Takei were among the Hollywood set who cheered on the national protest on Friday.

“Your generation is the change our country so desperately needs right now,” Gad tweeted. “We have your backs & will not let you be silenced. It’s time to end the madness,” added the “Beauty and the Beast” star.

Politicians like Gabrielle Giffords and John Lewis also voiced their support for students participating in #NationalSchoolWalkout day.

More than 2000 events have been planned across the country. Students sat in silence in front of the White House for 19 minutes — one for every year since Columbine. During last month’s national walkout, high school student Justin Blackman shared a photo of being the only student to have walked out of his school. But today he shared a photo along with a swarm of his fellow students now joining him.

Survivors from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida also walked out on Friday, and students Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg were among those leading the charge, sharing their own messages of support and solidarity.

Take a look at other images and videos of people reacting online to the protests: