National School Walkout Day
Teen contributors (from left to right): Lila Chiles, Ahmad Abdur-Rahman, Camryn Salter, Frankie W., Esete G., Channing Russell. (photos courtesy of subjects)

Top stories for March 14, 2018 include theGrio’s coverage of #IWalkBecause teen activists who are protesting gun violence with the National Walkout, Austin remains on high alert, and more.

#IWalkBecause: TheGrio Asks Activist Teens About How Gun Violence Impacts Their Lives

Students all over the country will be participating in a National Walkout today to protest gun violence and honor the victims of school gun violence. At approximately 10 am EST, students will be walking out of schools and colleges for 17 minutes. Each minute represents one victim in the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, FL last month. TheGrio got the first-hand stories of six teens nation-wide who talk about how gun violence has impacted their lives.


Austin Remains on High Alert and Mourns Loss of 17-Year-Old

Police have identified Draylen Mason as the 17-year-old killed in a series of package bomb explosions that have rocked an Austin, Texas community. Austin is on high alert with a dangerous bomber on the loose.  Mason was an honor roll bass student at the East Austin College Prep, where he studied with William Bill Dick. Mason was also a member of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Austin Youth Orchestra and the Austin Soundwaves.

Democrat Conor Lamb Makes a Dent in Pennsylvania’s Trump Territory

In the 2016 presidential election, Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District voted for Trump by 20 percentage points, but today Democrats are making strides there. Democrat Conor Lamb has a tentative victory in the district as he seeks a seat in the House of Representatives. Lamb has a very slight lead over Republican Rick Saccone. CNN is not projecting a winner yet. Absentee and provisional ballots have not been fully counted yet. Win or lose, the fact that a Republican stronghold has apparently flipped is notable to political observers looking for insight into the upcoming midterm elections.