Approximately 100 students assembled in the gymnasium commons and stood quietly for 17 minutes before returning to class. Others could choose to send messages to state or national legislators or send 17 "act of kindness" emails. This is a student-led movement organized by young local and state-wide activists.
No detentions were issued, Benway confirmed.
He said senior student leaders organized the walkout.
Tristen Garland, student participant, said she chose to participate to show her respect for those who had died and "to feel for them".
From the beginning the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Fla. refused to be silent after the tragic school shooting took place in their high school just three weeks ago.
Law enforcement officials there say two students were shot in a school hallway in Great Mills, Md. He said the students were responsible and followed the parameters established by the district.
Students on the Milburn campus were in the middle of third period classes from 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. while students at the Smiley campus were in third period classes, advisory or lunch periods, which run from 10 a.m.to 10:55 a.m. No one law will stop all gun violence, but there is more we can do to reduce the risk of mass shootings and other types of gun crime.
"OTHS District 203 supports a student's Constitutional right to protest and to engage in peaceful assembly", Benway wrote.
Those words echoed the chants heard at schools around the nation last week. These students will not only have the support of their fellow marchers on March 24, but also the support of those who stand with them and believe in their cause.
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"The youth are speaking up and we need to be listening to them and we need to be supporting them and that's a big part of what we're trying to do here is help the students here in Tallahassee make this even a success". While those with political agendas continue to distract us, it is refreshing to see some taking real and positive steps to address the problem.
And just outside the cafeteria doors - a group of parents, community members and other students held up signs and brought food to support the detention protest - the momentum continuing to build.
"We're the mass shooting generation", Kasky added.
Fourteen students and three staff from that school died during one of the worst campus shootings in USA history.
"I think anytime we can get people involved and engaged in issues that effect us all is positive", he said.
Fear of another school shooting is what motivated junior Thalia Johnson to participate in the walkout.
To the educators and administrators who facilitated safe ways for students to carry out a non-violent protest and gain an invaluable experience exercising their First Amendment right, we admire you.
April 20 Columbine anniversaryAnother national student walkout is planned for April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado.in 1999. All who participated did so of their own free will.
Soon hundreds of students - Black, white, Latinx, Muslim - along with teachers, filled the halls, ready to march out of the school. I reached out to March for Our Lives and they set me up with an incredible group of people that I am now working with to put on this event.