Students at Centennial High School in Franklin, Tennessee, took to the streets with Confederate flags to counter protest.
About 1,400 students wearing orange shirts gathered on a hill at East Chapel Hill High School in North Carolina to listen as student organizers read the names of each of the Parkland victims.
At Las Cruces High School, students held a moment of silence for 17 minutes, one minute to honor each of the victims.
"Not everyone held signs with messages like "#NoMore" and "#Enough".
"Regardless of how old we are, we have a voice", Diaz said. "End Gun Violence", and "Enough Is Enough". District staff wouldn't comment on whether principals would discipline any students who would leave the classroom or building unauthorized. During the 17-minutes, AHS students stood silently and held hands as a sign of solidarity against gun violence in schools.
For as much as has been made about the amount of guns on the streets of Chicago and the shootings they invariably produce, the city itself has always been known for having some of the strictest laws on purchasing a gun in the country. Many of us were wiping away tears as we stood in silence, arms locked.
The nation has experienced many school tragedies in recent years, but the February 14 one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School seems to have created a common rallying point for many youth, who continue to stand up and say, "Enough, already".
Police report that a school resource officer was able to stop the attack.
Superintendent Earl Metzler described the walkout as "more of a tribute than a protest".
McCasland said she was very upset by the Parkland shooting and thought a common thread among mass shooting perpetrators is they seem to be isolated and have no friends. "It can be about compassion and people coming together within the school". One 13-year-old middle schooler required medical attention after she was handcuffed, tripped, forcefully thrown down and pinned to the ground by a school safety officer.
"As students, we have an obligation to do so". "When it happens, we follow the same behavior and safety guidelines for all students involved". In Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, they formed a heart on a high school athletic field.
When the unidentified student refused to let the principal take his sign, citing basic free speech rights, he made a decision to walk away from the scene and was promptly followed and escorted by the principal off school grounds. "We made a trip through two feet of snow, and where were you?"
Students said they were attempting another protest, later on Thursday.
"There's only a few people around the school who have spoken up about anything like this and for there to be an event to see even more people than I had anticipated come out today meant the world to me because it means people care". "But personally, I believe it has to be in the school". That's where it has to be. That's where the shootings are happening. "It needs to be focused on at school".
"Students organized them completely". These should be kids, said one volunteer. "The kids were incredibly well-behaved and respectful".
Though students from Parkland, Florida and around the country are leading the movement, celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney, and Steven Spielberg have donated money to support the event. "I'm just delighted at how well it went".
"We respect the right of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them and support their efforts to do so in an authorized and orderly manner", he wrote.
Wednesday, however, while most Farmington High School students reported to their homerooms for attendance, I walked into the student courtyard and was met by a large group of classmates.
While schools differed in their responses to the protests, the School District of Philadelphia released a letter stating that it did not support student walkouts, but added that schools would not prevent or punish participation.
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