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Students stage liein protest at the White House

Students are in the middle of a lie-in protest outside the White House over gun laws just days after 17 people were killed in the Florida high school shooting massacre.

Groups of students from Washington DC staged the protest on Monday on a road leading to the White House.

They took turns lying on the road for three minutes - the same amount of time 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz went on a firing spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.

Other students stood by holding signs that read 'Am I next?' and 'Is Congress or the NRA making our laws?' 

Students staged a lie-in protest outside the White House on Monday over gun laws just days after 17 people were killed in the Florida high school shooting massacre

They took turns lying on the road for three minutes - the same amount of time 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz went on a firing spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week

It was organized by Teens For Gun Reform - a group created by local students following the deadly Florida shooting last week. 

Protesters started the protest at about 12.30pm on President's Day.

A Facebook post on the group's page said the lie-in was meant to be a 'representation of the victims of school shootings'.

'By doing this, we will make a statement on the atrocities which have been committed due to the lack of gun control, and send a powerful message to our government that they must take action now,' the group wrote.

Their lie-in protest comes as students staged walkouts, sit-ins and other protests on school campuses across the country in a bid to push lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws.  

Abby Spangler and her daughter Eleanor Spangler Neuchterlein, 16, (center) hold hands as they participate in a "lie-in"

Abby Spangler and her daughter Eleanor Spangler Neuchterlein, 16, (center) hold hands as they participate in a 'lie-in'

The students from Washington DC staged the protest on Monday on a road leading to the White House

Demonstrators participate in a 'lie-in' during a protest in favor of gun control reform in front of the White House on Monday

Demonstrators participate in a 'lie-in' during a protest in favor of gun control reform in front of the White House on Monday

Jane Schwartz, 17, of West Springfield, Virginia screams during a protest in favor of gun control reform in front of the White House on Monday

Jane Schwartz, 17, of West Springfield, Virginia screams during a protest in favor of gun control reform in front of the White House on Monday

Other students stood by holding signs that read 'Am I next?' and 'Is Congress or the NRA making our laws?'

Other students stood by holding signs that read 'Am I next?' and 'Is Congress or the NRA making our laws?'

Thousands of students, parents and community members rallied on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during the March for Action on Gun Violence.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High spoke passionately during the rally, pleading with lawmakers to change the nation's gun laws. 

One teen, Emma Gonzalez, angrily criticized politicians who take campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association, and challenged them to stop taking money.

'We will be the last mass shooting,' said Gonzalez, a senior at the high school who took cover on the floor of the auditorium as a shooter rampaged through the building.

She directly addressed President Donald Trump, reading out his tweet in response to the shooting and demanding to know how much the NRA had donated to his campaign.

Thousands of students, parents and community members rallied on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during the March for Action on Gun Violence 

Thousands of students, parents and community members rallied on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during the March for Action on Gun Violence