Numerous students barely had time to dry their eyes as they rushed from funerals for classmates killed in a mass shooting at their school to buses chartered to take them to the Florida state capital, where they plan to lobby legislators and rally for tougher gun laws and school safety.
At the same time, students at Boca Raton High and Park Vista High west of Boynton Beach held rallies or rememberances on their school campuses. Numerous survivors, thousand of teenagers who used social media to document to horror, aren't waiting for the adults to make changes to prevent the next school shooting.
They spent the seven-hour ride checking their phones, watching videos and reading comments on social media about the shooting, some of which accused them of being liberal pawns. "No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country".
"Everything everybody seems to know, we didn't know", James Snead said. He added that his administration was working hard to respond to the Florida rampage.
The bill had been assigned to three committees but was not scheduled for a hearing.
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said that although Republicans have faced a bigger hurdle in making gun control a priority: "It's been a challenge in the Democratic Party as well".
"No one in the world with the slightest little hint of a soul isn't moved by this tragedy", Republican strategist Rick Wilson said.
Students at other area schools also staged walkouts on Tuesday, including Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood McArthur high schools.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau is investigating what happened. "But we're not going to stop".
The grieving survivors at Stoneman Douglas High School want to change these lax gun laws and are asking kids nationwide to help them in the effort by joining the "March For Our Lives", movement.
Trump has been a strong supporter of gun rights and the National Rifle Association.
Students and staff have the right to teach and learn in an environment free from the worry of being gunned down in their classrooms or on their way home from school.
Lawmakers will probably say that getting a new bill passed is almost impossible with only two and a half weeks left in the legislative session. "This is about us demanding change and this is about the fact that we have already won, it's just a matter of when", yelled a student standing atop a auto, firing up the group before they hit the road.
"What more did they want him to say?"
A group of South Broward High School students skipped school on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 to protest against gun violence.
Authorities said suspect Cruz, 19, had a string of run-ins with school authorities that ended with his expulsion. Police also were repeatedly called to his house throughout his childhood.
From a mosaic of public records, interviews with friends and family and online interactions, it appears Cruz was unstable and violent to himself and those around him - and that when notified about his threatening behavior, law enforcement did little to stop it. The store owners say, through their attorney, that Cruz only purchased the semi-automatic rifle off the shelf and did not purchase any accessories, modifications or ammunition so as not to raise eyebrows.
The Senate is also considering boosting spending on mental health programs for schools and giving law-enforcement greater power to involuntarily hold someone considered a danger to themselves.