All of the students who participated in the walkout Wednesday said they were prompted by daily fears that violence might break out at their school.
"On the afternoon of February 14, 17 people lost their lives to an intruder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla".
He and other students from West Boca High walked out of their school campus to show solidarity with their neighboring peers, some of whom had just embarked on a lobbying trip to Tallahassee.
They held a moment of silence for lost lives and shouted chants like "we are the future" and "we are students, we are victims, we are change".
"There are two things that need extra help here, mental health issues and more gun control", said one student during the group's remarks.
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A second national student walkout over gun violence is scheduled for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the deadly shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
"I remained at the school for the remainder of the day to provide support and/or guidance", she said.
In some cases in South Florida, schools let their students out early to facilitate their right to protest.
"I think that all we ever hear about is apathy with young people", English Braga said.
Spokane Public School leaders said they are still discussing how they will respond to this national call to action. To honor our fallen colleagues and classmates, we will conduct our monthly fire drill and use this in support of the 'Walk-Out Movement.' We as a school, SROs and our staff are all in support of this movement. On May 21, 1998, student Kip Kinkel opened fire at Thurston High School, killing two students and injuring 25. Students are now calling on each other to become politically active to get the change they desire.
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"Respect yourself, your fellow students and the Needville Independent School District and please understand that we are here for an education and not a political protest", the letter added. "We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty, or five hundred students involved", Rhodes wrote.
Students Cape Coral High School were among the many nationwide that staged a walkout on Wednesday.
On March 24, kids and families will hit the streets of Washington D.C.to demand the end of gun violence and mass shootings in schools through a protest called March For Our Lives.
"We want to make some noise and make our voices heard". The national initiative was sparked by the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last week that left 17 dead.
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