Columbine students who walked out 'inspired to work harder' for change

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Columbine students who walked out 'inspired to work harder' for change

To spread kindness and end bullying. "Just trying to get people to rally for gun control and hire more protection in the schools".

Across the country and beyond, students were urged to leave class at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes one minute for each of the dead in Florida.

Weekend on-air personality BIG REID was at JAMES LOGAN HIGH SCHOOL, where students paid tribute to their peers who lost their lives in the PARKLAND shooting with 170 seconds of silence while staging a die-in.

GERETY: That's where the school hoped to keep the walkout contained - a 17-minute remembrance for the 17 victims.

Students across the USA walked out of school Wednesday to demand action on gun violence and to honor the 17 people killed in Parkland, Florida. They'll also sign a banner that will be sent to students at the Florida school.

Students spoke, and then the names of the victims, along with short biographies, were read.

"It's maddening that students are left as sitting ducks" in the classroom without protection, said Todd, 34, who was a sophomore when he was wounded in the Columbine shooting.

In a march across Boston Common, students chanted "enough is enough" before rallying in front of lawmakers.

The band played the national anthem Thursday as students raised the flags back up that were torn down during the violent protest. Several police cruisers kept watch over them from a distance. "I'm not sure exactly where they'll be pulling this all together outside or where the speakers will stand", Chisum said.

"I know this and other important conversations will continue in classes as students learn to express themselves, develop their views, and respectfully listen to all sides of a discussion". But one thing we are all united on is that want things to change.

Exchanging a walkout with words, students say, was a way for them to show support without any other agenda.

But they've also undertaken another initiative to show their support for the Stoneman Douglas community. "It's hard to find people to help kids with mental problems".

"A lot of this movement is being led by high schoolers, and I think that's really inspiring", said Elizabeth Sheffield.

"When people hear the terms gun restrictions or gun reform, they think that we want to take all of their guns, but that's not what we want", said GC mass communications major Haley Lewis.

The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools District took a neutral position on the issue, said Superintendent Craig Sundblad.

"We are here to protest because we know that more can be done, not just statewide but nationwide", said Stoneman Douglas junior Susana Matta, 17.

"I did not expect this many people to come out, and that was unbelievable, that so many people cared, and that they wanted to take part", Johnson said.

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