DC teens to hold lie-in at White House in solidarity with Florida shooting victims

The flag above the White House is lowered to half-staff for the shooting victims of a mass shooting in a South Florida High School, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A group organized by D.C.-area teenagers says it is staging a lie-in at the White House on President's Day to stand with the victims of the Florida shooting and call for gun reform.

The group, known as Teens for Gun Reform, says that 17 of them will lie down Monday outside the White House for three minutes to symbolize how long they say it took for suspect Nikolas Cruz to buy his AR-15.

“We have organized this protest in solidarity with all of those who were affected by the horrific school shooting in Florida last Wednesday," the organization said in a statement. "We call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America’s youth and end these tragic mass shootings!"

Seventeen people were killed and multiple others were injured after authorities said a gunman opened fire Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Police later arrested 19-year-old Cruz and charged him with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Virginia Rep. Don Beyer, who has called for gun reform, will also be at the event. It will go from noon to 12:30 p.m., with the lie-in scheduled to start at 12:15 p.m. The group will gather between the White House and Lafayette Park.

Earlier Sunday, the survivors of the shooting said they will march on D.C. on March 24.

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