Mass shootings

Parkland students seek to clinch the youth vote

Parkland students carry signs in the streets urging people to vote
Youth march in August in Massachusetts. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty

Tomorrow is U.S. voter registration day, and among the key questions heading into the November midterms is whether young people will turn out in higher numbers than usual. Since people aged 18-30 tend to vote Democratic, whether they actually cast ballots could have a decisive impact on numerous races.

What's going on: Student leaders from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have organized a partnership with some 200 mayors across the U.S. in an attempt to elevate youth voting.

Go deeper: How schools are preparing children for mass shootings

Students conducting an evacuation drill
Students conducting an evacuation drill. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Educators across the country are trying to find ways to prepare their students for school shootings without terrifying them.

The big picture: Though school shootings aren't occurring as frequently as they have in the past, they are deadlier than ever before. With that in mind, schools are taking new precautions to keep their students safe, including new security systems, policies and drills.