>> Shame on you. Shame on you. Shame on you.>> Dozens of highschool students protested outside the White House on Monday urging president Donald Trump and lawmakers to pass stronger gun control laws. Following the deadliest high school shooting in US history that left 17 people dead. Danielle Short is a school psychologist and calls Parkland, Florida, where the shooting happened, her home.
>> I'm here today because I'm heartbroken for my community. We need to stand up to the NRA. We need to do what's right for kids. Not guns.>> Yeah, we feel really empowered like.>> Genevieve Deacon, from McClain High School in Virginia was one of the teenagers who participated in the lying outside of the White House.
>> We came here because we wanted to make a change in gun legislation.>> The protest not without it's heated moments.>> Kids are dying!
On Monday the White House said they backed efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases. This statement coming after Trump on Saturday night blasted the FBI in a tweet saying it was, quote, very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals.
And that they are, quote, spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. 19 year-old Nikolas Cruz who appeared in court Monday, is charged with 17 counts of murder. Those who survived the shooting are now turning their grief into activism.>> If all our government and president can do is send thoughts and prayers That it's time for victims to be the change that we need to see.
>> The Women's March Organization has planned a national school walkout on March 14th. And on March 24th, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are calling for a day of protest across the nation, including in Washington, DC. Where they'll deliver a message to lawmakers to act on gun control.
>> Sensible gun laws now.