Alexia Medero, a 17-year-old at Parkland High School outside Allentown, Pennsylvania, said the issue has too easily fallen by the wayside after past tragedies.
Students at Columbine High School joined National Walkout Day on Wednesday.
The Bucks County Courier Times reported almost 100 Pennridge High School students walked out of their school on Wednesday, part of the nation-wide event to honor the 17 students killed during a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and push for stricter gun laws.
The legislation, however, failed to address the more controversial aspects of gun control protesting students demanded.
"A large majority of students want to live a peaceful life in a nonviolent world", Kostic said. There, people will continue this morning's protest on gun violence in America.
"We're the ones in school, and we're the ones affected the most by this", Russell said.
High schools participated in various ways and many area school systems worked with students to create safe alternative to the national school walkouts.
While students across the country walked out of their schools Wednesday as part of a movement to show solidarity for the people killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting, students at Grand Blanc High School in Eastern Michigan were locked in their classrooms.
Police cars parked along some of the streets near Memorial, but no violence erupted at the march.
"One of my classes has 17 students and I began to think what if that had been my class", said Hodges. "They were respectful; they were responsible".
Students at Pascagoula High School walked out of class on Wednesday morning.
At Memorial's walkout, a wall of community members lined the sidewalk across from the school. "But what they can not do is discipline you more harshly because of the political nature of or the message behind your action", the ACLU told The Washington Post.
In Parkland, thousands of students filed onto the Stoneman Douglas school football field where Ty Thompson, the school's principal, called for the "biggest group hug". Students held signs that said, "Arm..." Seconds later, they are shown driving off in a golf cart. "We're voices across the nation that have started this momentum and we won't be stopped".
When it comes to gun reform, Eau Claire students had some opinions. "It's cold but I'm gonna be out there anyways", Benjamin Flaherty said.
Classmate Zamir Brown, 15, also spoke, saying if he did participate in the student walkout (which he didn't plan on), he'd do it to draw attention to all the Black people who are shot in this city "every damn day".