Around 80 Students from Central High School and Stevens High School walked out of class at noon on Friday, and met at the amphitheater in front of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Thousands of students across the United States will mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School by walking out of classes on Friday, in a show of unity meant to put pressure on politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions. On this day 19 years ago, an attack by students at Columbine High that left 13 people dead. A large number of state troopers were also on hand. It follows a wave of youth activism that has emerged after the February 14 shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Students walked out at 10 a.m., including at Enloe High School in Raleigh and Cary Academy, as part of the National School Walkout's call for elected officials to take steps to end school gun violence.
Organizers of last month's Corvallis High School walkout said that no walkout there was planned for Friday.
"We continue to provide a safe and orderly environment and work to protect our students so they are safe".
"I've lost like two friends to gun violence". I never expect it in our school, but no one expects it in their school.
Frisco High School students participate in the National School Walkout on April
Some schools in our region joined the national walkout, including South Burlington High School.
Just this year alone, we have already had five school threats in our area: Mason City Schools, Riceville Schools, Austin Schools, Century High School and Triten Schools.
"We're all still recovering and processing and there's not one person in there who is over it because we all want to see things change", Hayley said.
"I would like students to know political activism is a lot easier to participate in than they think it would be and it makes a difference as long as you voice your opinion", she said.
"I think you need to let the kids express how they feel", he said.