Nearly 200 hundred Chillicothe High School students took part in a national walkout to peacefully protest gun violence and promote gun control, Wednesday.
At 10:05 a.m., instead of heading to class, these students walked to the Hatton gymnasium for a presentation that included a vigil and a moment of silence.
The event was led by students Katie Remley, Ricki Betts, and Kenzie Russell, who utilized social media and word of mouth to promote the event.
"School should be a safe place for us to learn and grow," said Russell, a sophomore. "We shouldn't have to worry about whether we can make it out dead or alive."
The walkout ran 17 minutes representing the 17 people (14 students and 3 staff members) killed in the Parkland School Shooting in Florida on February 14.
While many other students in the nation's schools actually walked out of their campuses, CHS Principal Dustin Weaver offered students an alternative location within the building to participate in the demonstration to better ensure their safety.
"Most of us may not be able to vote, but we can sure make a difference," said CHS junior Remley at the walkout. "Get in touch with local politicians and legislators, write a letter to Congress, post on social media, report suspicious behavior, and make your voice heard."
At the end of the walkout, students who participated signed a poster that stated,"CHS Stands Against Gun Violence."
"It is our turn to make a change," Remley said.