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Some TV Networks Are Suspending Programming During Today's Student Walkout

Some TV Networks Are Suspending Programming During Today's Student Walkout

"This generation continues to be the driving force for change", said Marva Smalls, Viacom's Executive Vice President of Global Inclusion.

As thousands of students across the country walked out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence, Viacom Media Networks suspended programming to major TV channels in solidarity.

Many people felt emotional while the networks went off-air. "Students across the country will take over MTV's social media accounts during the walkout", the blog post read.

In an effort to support the National Walkout Day demonstrations on March 14 across the country, Viacom announced that it would be "going dark" for 17 minutes during the walkouts.

Viacom also plans to drive awareness of March For Our Lives, a rally scheduled in Washington, D.C on March 24, through their own coverage and on-the-ground initiatives leading up to the national event.

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"We believe it's critical to support the inspiring efforts of our youth, who are literally fighting for their lives", Smalls added.

Vice-chair of Viacom's board Shari Redstone is also donating $500,00 to March for Our Lives, and MTV and Comedy Central will also be changing their logos to orange, which represents gun-violence awareness.

Viacom and its brands have a long history of supporting young people's movements around the world, and today the company is extending that tradition by leveraging its substantial multi-platform footprint to support these extraordinary individuals and amplify the reach and impact of their activism. Shows on both networks will also build on their recent coverage about the anti-gun violence movement, the network said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joins students in New York during the national school walkout Wednesday. Even Nickelodeon, Viacom's channel for children, will recognize the march during the Kids' Choice Awards, which airs the night of the march.

According to CNN, the organizers and students involved in the walkout have three main goals they are demanding from Congress; the ban of assault weapons, requiring universal background checks before gun sales and passing a gun violence restraining order law allowing courts to disarm people who have violent tendencies.