Similar demonstrations are occurring nationwide with the March for Our Lives on March 24, organized by Parkland survivors, and the April 20 National Student Walkout, on the anniversary of Columbine High School massacre in 1999.
Just after 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, students at Indian River High School stood together, silent. Many rallies went longer. "If you want to fall asleep knowing that you will survive school the next day, then you need to shout".
"A school walkout would not only be a major safety concern, but a disruptive event to the educational process for all students", Steele said in a call and email to district parents. Yet more protests are set to come, with Bangor area schools expected to stage their walkouts Friday.
The images from Antioch High School showed a stark contrast to peaceful school walk-outs around the country.
In Parkland, thousands of students slowly filed onto the Stoneman Douglas school football field to the applause of families and supporters beyond the fences as law enforcement officers looked on.More news: Evacuations ordered after large fire from Fort Carson travels off post
Ty Thompson, the principal, called for the "biggest group hug", and the students obliged around the 50-yard line. "Can you hear the children screaming?" read one of the signs.
But not all students in Florida were in favor of gun control.
Whether or not Congress will be moved to act is uncertain, but one thing is clear: the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students behind the march are determined to be a force to end gun violence once and for all.
Many in attendance were wearing orange shirts and ribbons. In North Andover, even the middle school students joined, though students in that town gathered in their respective cafeterias because of the large snow drifts outside. Their community has seen a rash of gun violence that has affected the students in a myriad of ways, not unlike those kids who took to State Street yesterday. About half of the students at Rogers High School and Heritage High School, roughly 1,000 students at each school, attended on-campus memorials, according to Ashley Siwiec, district communications director.
"Regardless of how old we are, we have a voice", Diaz said. At Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, students took a knee in silent protest of inaction over gun control.More news: NCAA Predictions: Will Duke cover 9.5 points vs. Rhode Island? 3/17/18
Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, who was among a handful of Democratic lawmakers to greet student speakers, told MSNBC, "The NRA has held Congress hostage for so many years now". But lawmakers rejected a ban on the sort of semiautomatic rifle used in the Parkland attack. Also needed is a revamping of the national criminal background check system, which was contained in legislation that failed to pass five years ago after Sandy Hook.
"I wish we could have done the protest the right way the first day rather than having to do this all again", Jaylon Savely, an 18-year-old trumpet player in the school's band, told the Tennessean.
Some students at the school said Wednesday's walkout wasn't a fair portrayal of the school. At a town hall earlier this month, students told the mayor they feel watched instead of protected by school safety officers; criminalized, not respected, by metal detectors in school; and discriminated against by the overpolicing of students of color. Some students, like senior Mike Mirsky, simply disagree with the popular notion that the way it stands, school is unsafe.
If all went as planned, thousands of students in schools across the country - including right here at home with Bronx Science and the High School of American Studies - walked out of class for 17 minutes Wednesday honoring the memory of the 17 students killed in the Valentine's Day mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Fayetteville High School students packed their school's courtyard where they heard the names and grades or teaching positions of the Parkland victims.More news: Probe into failing Hyundai, Kia airbags
Loyd, Bentonville High School's principal, said he'd spoken to several students about the board's stance and they seemed to have accepted it.