USA students seeking gun reform walk out of classes

FIND A NATIONAL SCHOOL WALKOUT | Indivisible Guide

FIND A NATIONAL SCHOOL WALKOUT | Indivisible Guide

Virginia students had expected 10,000 people to march to the State Capitol Friday as part of a nationwide protest against school violence.

When students at Crescent Valley High School walked out of classes in March they did so to send a message that gun laws need to change to make kids safer at school.

"I'm hoping to get tighter gun laws so that way you don't have any more school shootings that happen", Dylyn Walker, a student at McQueen High School, says. A large number of state troopers were also on hand.

At Liverpool high school, about 500 students left the building for a combined rally and memorial on the football field.

High school students from across Fairbanks walked out of class today in support of those who were lost on that day. They took place on National School Walkout, including 2,600 schools across the country and meant to honor of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

Students then had the opportunity to question prominent figures in the community: lawmakers, Mason City Police Chief, Mason City School Superintendent and the Mayor, about debate over gun control, mental health, school safety and many others.

It's not clear how many Southern California students will participate in Friday's walkout, but organized student gathering shave been planned on multiple campuses, including open-microphone forums and discussions with local elected leaders.

"No healthy individual is going to go into school and commit an act of violence", rally organizer Allyson McBride said. In Ridgefield, Connecticut, national walkout organizer sophomore Lane Murdock spoke out.

19 years ago today, the mass shooting at Columbine took 13 lives.

Others shared their own experience seeing their friends become victims of gun violence. "That's why I'm out here", Mason said.

Marchers talked about how the issue of school shootings should have been solved then and not be an issue almost twenty years later.

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