For the most part, schools quietly recognized the day. Students at the University of Virginia, the University of Georgia, University of Southern California, George Washington University, and Princeton held small candlelight vigils, while many more schools—such as the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and North Carolina State—observed a moment of silence late Wednesday morning.
The Virginia Tech campus was not the only place where "lie-ins" stirred a bit of controversy. While the Hokie event remained somewhat apolitical, similar events around the country wore their intentions more prominently. Most "lie-ins" were in fact protests of easy gun access and lasted three minutes long—the amount of time it takes to purchase a gun in the United States. Students from Wisconsin, the University of Massachusetts, the University of North Carolina, and all over Ohio held their own demonstrations.
Protesters also commandeered a section of Times Square in New York to lie down, while activists did the same on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.—an event that attracted the likes of the Rev. Jesse Jackson. "The greatest tragedy is not learning from the tragedy that occurred one year ago today," he said.