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Central students walked out of school at 10 a.m. Friday to push for gun control

Central students walked out of school at 10 a.m. Friday to push for gun control

At ten this morning, hundreds of Ray High School students began a walkout to demand an end to gun violence on school campuses.

Students at Service, South, East, West and Bartlett high schools had planned events Friday as part of the National School Walkout. Smaller protests were held at various valley schools as well.

One of the gunmen, 18-year-old Eric Harris, lived in Plattsburgh several years before the shooting.

Similar to what was done a month ago following the deadly Parkland Florida shooting, students who chose to walk out are pushing for nationwide gun control measures.

Those directly impacted by mass shootings also spoke out during the protest.

"I think it's important for people to pay attention".

As a result, Forest High School's walk out was cancelled.

"No healthy individual is going to go into school and commit an act of violence", rally organizer Allyson McBride said.

The rally will took place on April 20th. All these protests were created to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the attack by two students on classmates and teachers at Colorado's Columbine high- killing 13 before they turned the guns on themselves.

"There's something about this generation that gets it, about the fact that their voice matters and about the fact that they should care about the future of this country", said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, who went out to support the students.

"I'll be 18 in November. And we'll be voting on this issue", he said.

Students also addressed allegations from gun rights advocates, that young people are being guided or coached by liberal activists.

Emmaus High School held programs inside but students did not walk out.

"I didn't see enough action anywhere else, and someone has to do something", said Thomas Hollinger, one of the student organizers. The protests were organized by four students from Ridgefield High School in CT.

"We've had activities at our schools, including writing letters for our representatives and voter registration", she said. She brought that up when she spoke to her classmates.

"We were like what should we do should we still try and then we're like let's just do it at lunch because they can't stop us".

"Some of us weren't even born yet and we still haven't had the changes we have asked for time and time again", Murdock said.

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