Snapchat offers special filter to unite kids across the country on National Walkout Day

 mashable.com  3/14/2018 3:55:02 PM   Petrana Radulovic

Students across the country participated in National School Walkout Day on Wednesday to protest gun violence — and a special Snapchat filter has emerged as a big part of their efforts.

One look at a Snap Map of the east coast (just after 10 am ET, when the walkout began) reveals that, naturally, this day of action is being heavily documented on the social platform. 

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Image: mashable screenshot

Many of those posting about the protest are using the special filter, which reads "What ____'s schoolday looks like" (with the space being filled by each city or school's name), and depicts an illustration of protestors and signs. 

These filters are not just exclusive to Florida schools. Snapchat created them for use nationwide, as they have done for other major events.

Students across the country are now posting videos and pictures with this filter to unite for their common cause of ending gun violence. And the company, which has had a somewhat tangled history with gun control organizations, told Mashable they were pleased to see so many people using the filter today.

And as the day goes on and protests sweep across the country, more and more cities will have schooldays that look like this. 

Generation Z is coming together for the cause that ignites them, using the social tools they've mastered. 

This walkout is only one of many protests planned across the country in the upcoming weeks, including the March for Our Lives on March 24th.

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