But junior Luke Lofrumento could not bear another solemn memorial.
Police report that a school resource officer was able to stop the attack.
"My overall reaction was really proud of how many students came out and the signs that were out there in the crowd today", said Quintin Harry, one of the organizers of the walk-out at Pascagoula High School.
To avoid making a hard situation worse, Kylee's boyfriend stayed in class during the rally at Hillcrest High School in Idaho Falls, which was part of Wednesday's national school walkout. Blair warned that a student eating lunch alone, or one who is constantly disrupting class "could likely be our next shooter". The student politely declined.
The event still made an impact, Perez said, because it came within the context of a larger discussion at his school about gun violence.
However, since the 1980s, the federal law-enforcement agency has defined "mass murder" as "four or more victims slain, in one event, in one location". "Some people don't have parents because of gun violence", one student said. They also need to restrict the sale of automatic assault rifles. Instead, they knelt in the hallways, a nod to the National Football League protests started by Colin Kaepernick to protest racial inequality and police violence against black people. And, Never Again MSD organizers said, they plan to head to the polls in the fall to vote on issues and for politicians that support school safety.
"Students who adhere to these guidelines will not receive disciplinary consequences", the principal wrote. Students gave out note cards with the names of gun violence victims, lit a yahrzeit candle and prayed for the families of victims. In some school districts, they did so under threat of suspension.
"Lawmakers have not changed our gun laws despite how much our guns have advanced since 1792, when the [Second] Amendment was approved", Flint said.
Other schools approached this as a valuable learning experience. "And for me, it became very real, and very quick and very sudden". The walkout and march were part of the National School Walkout that was meant to encourage lawmakers to take action on gun laws.
For better or worse, Perri said, he was struck by how quickly the student protests have gained momentum. At many campuses across Nashville, the district help students organize speakers and other special events for the walk-out. They were simply trying to do their jobs, to make sure their kids were as safe as possible and to avoid creating discord between classmates. At some of those schools, students took a leading role in the action by making speeches, writing letters, holding up posters or chanting.
"We worked really hard, so most of it seemed really powerful, and really moving, especially at the end when people were singing together, I thought that was a really great moment", Farbiarz said. In Salt Lake City, the signs read, "Protect kids not guns", "Fear has no place in school" and "Am I next?" However it started a conversation throughout the student body and community.
The Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League sent an email to its supporters asking them to videotape teachers and students participating in gun control walkouts.
"For them to sit there and tear us down like that wasn't nice".
Students are planning another to have another rally on March 24, 2018 to advocate for more gun control.
Olivia Schmitz also took part in the march.
Wednesday's National School Walkout occurred without incident throughout the nation, including its various forms throughout schools in Carroll County.