Oh sure, the media will publish quotes from kids who may actually care about the topic, but don't fool yourself. 95% of those high schoolers are protesting because it lets them miss class. Proving once again that there's safety in numbers. One year in high school, we walked out for what I guess was something about teacher contracts, but who knows anymore. Everyone else acted like they were taking some big stand so I did too, since they couldn't put us all in detention. Anyone in school looks for any reason to miss class, so why not say you're protesting (though protests rarely change anything) when it's really just an excused day of hooky.