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#Enough Nutley High School Walkout: By Students, for Students

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Alex Wong  Getty Images Students participate in a protest against gun violence Feb. 21 2018 outside the White House in Washington D.C

The ENOUGH National School Walkout is an initiative organized by Women's March Youth Empower, but entirely student-led. "Many have shared with me touching examples of how our students honored the 17 lives lost in Florida and the eloquent way student leaders expressed themselves today".

So he sat in his empty classroom Wednesday at Buffalo High School, feet propped on his desk.

After most students left by noon to return to their campuses, more members of the community, including some candidates running for office in the district, gave statements in the hall. The school's band played the national anthem as the flag was raised.

Fire alarms at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. sounded - causing some confusion as the school had practiced a fire drill just one day prior.

Students from Las Cruces Public Schools and across the country walked out of classes to protest gun violence and honor the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at a Florida high school. However, they would not be disciplined any further, said Oroville High School Principal Doug Williams. "About two minutes later I looked back up and I just saw a wave of people walking out of the building".

"I don't think students were right in threatening", Antioch High School senior Fares Ali said.

Luke Gentile, a freshman, said that students may be only 20 percent of the population, but are 100 percent of our future. "I felt like 17 minutes wasn't enough, so I made a decision to stay out", he said. "We support the students in that and work with our students to provide a safe environment".

While protests and walkouts can be disruptive to the school day, they can also be a teaching moment. "I don't think anyone should have to do that".

"We want our students to have a place for their student voice", she concluded. President Donald Trump laid out his own basic principles on guns Sunday night, proposals that included "hardening" schools and enforcing more stringently the background check laws already on the books.

A sign bearing a pro-gun rights message was removed from the campus of a Minnesota high school during a pro-gun control demonstration on 14 March 2018.

As we reported on CPR News, thousands of students across Colorado walked out of their schools for 17 minutes to protest gun violence on Wednesday.

We struggle to understand why there have been no meaningful changes in the ineffective gun control laws after the sheer amount of deaths in the past decades due to firearms. "If you take one thing from this, it's [that] you matter. Seeing the Florida shooting brought the reality that stuff like that can happen in any high school".

"If we would have been disruptive in any way or stayed out longer than the 17 minutes", Simon said, "that's where I believe punishment is justified".

"It's important that you have a voice and be able to seek it", Bartoo told the students in an intercom message.

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