Students at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools joined students across the U.S. as part of Friday’s National School Walkout.
Freeman High School students left their school at 10:00 a.m. and marched to the football field where students spoke, they shared songs of hope, and some students registered to vote.
April 20th also marks the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, where more than a dozen people were killed.
Two students at Robert E. Lee High School walked out. “It’s still happening and we need to take account for that”, Senior Vito Quaglia said.
Organizers told the Associated Press that more than 2,600 demonstrations were planned from ME to Hawaii.
“They have shaped how our generation lives”, Worden said.
The demonstration was organized by 16 year-old Lane Murdock, a student at Ridgefield High School in CT. On this day 19 years later, a school walkout in protest against gun violence spread across the nation.
Principal Tripp Aldredge said since this time around there was a student-led organized plan-and administrators could ensure the kids’ safety in the courtyard-there wouldn’t be any repercussions to those who chose to participate.
Around the country today, students, teachers, parents and elected leaders will hold rallies against gun violence.
They said it was up to the students if they wanted to participate in the walkout, and they are not aware of any students facing consequences. But students said it was worth it for their cause. “They supported us. They cared about us and I couldn’t be happier with the way our administration handled things”.
The letter was issued to other high schools in the suburban Denver district earlier last week, according to KMGH-TV.
“There are entrances all over the school they can enter, and today was significant because they all came out front to walk in together”, Attleson said.
Aubeneau says there’s a range of political views at West Lafayette High School, and not everyone agreed with the aims of the walkout-but everyone was invited.