Red Hook students, if they had parental permission, were allowed to gather on the school lawn for 30 minutes on Friday. "We're not divided. We all agree that we want to be in a safe school. For news media such as yourself to pay attention", said Janel Anderson, a social studies teacher at Middleton High School. Participants in the march were wearing orange, holding up signs saying "Fix this before I have to text my mom from under a desk" and chanting, "The people united will never be divided".
"I think it's important for people to pay attention". However, students were made aware that missing class would affect their school attendance record.
The "Outreach" student group for the LGBT community on Centenary's campus organized the walk-out.
Students march to the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue to call on Congress to act on gun violence prevention during a national walkout on April 20, 2018, which marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. "America is really about listening to people and about people having a voice and being engaged in a civic dialogue".
"This type of thing isn't ending, and we need to be aware and we need to know that even though this is still going on we need to be strong", Black said. And they say they don't want legislators to forget about the shootings at Parkland High School in Florida two months ago.
High school students in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles also took part in rallies.
A second walk-out day will take place on Fri., Apr. 20, named as a National Day of Action in protest of gun violence. She brought that up when she spoke to her classmates. They said these discussions are the best way to solve these issues.
"No healthy individual is going to go into school and commit an act of violence", rally organizer Allyson McBride said.