About 20 Streator High School students walked out of classes Friday afternoon and protested across the street from the school against gun violence.
Eastwood High School was one of the schools from El Paso to participate in Friday's walkout.
"A lot of times our voice is not heard, and so I think just getting our bodies here to say we are here, we are part of this conversation, you can not shut us out [is important]", said Alejandro Eduarte, a junior at Edison Senior High School in Minneapolis. "This movement is here to stay".
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"It has a special effect on teachers and as a member of a teacher association we just want to make sure we reach out and remind people that their is still a problem in this country", she said. Nineteen years ago, two gunmen entered Columbine High School in Colorado, killing more than a dozen inside. Since then mass shootings have occurred with shocking frequency across the United States.
Friday morning, a group of students was seen gathered near one of the exits of Annapolis High, but it was impossible to tell if they were demonstrating in any way.
Zach Worden, a 17-year-old junior, said the students were advocating for tougher gun laws. The Ocala Star Banner newspaper said one student shot another in the ankle. Since then, the US has made very little progress in resolving the issue of gun violence in schools. The Kern High School District places great value on instructional time and school safety. "I'm proud of their actions, whether they're walking in or walking out", Bass said.
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Students at Lakeview say the event was organized to show their support and as a reminder of the realities of life. "If we keep doing it, I feel like they'll take us more seriously". It's their hope that students register to vote in order to effect change.
"The question we all need to be asking, how many more?" "So there's always that thing in the back of your mind, you're thinking, 'what if it did happen, what would you do, where would go?' It's scary", said sophomore Jenna Schulz.
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