Several hundred students at Upper Arlington High School walked out of the building at noon on Wednesday joining thousands of other students across the country in remembering the 17 people killed last week in a school shooting in Florida.
April 20: National High School Student Walk Out: Another national walk-out is being coordinated via Change.Org for Friday, April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.
U.S. History and Alaska Studies Teacher Dennis Welch said he's happy students are realizing their voice matters in the debate over school safety. "Every student in America is furious". "You're speaking for the kids and the generation of tomorrow so that they don't have to take the very same march that you're taking today". "We are petrified, paranoid, paralyzed with these kids".
Activists planned a walkout and a march on the Tallahassee Capitol in an effort to strengthen gun laws in the state.
"I don't understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war, an AR", said Sam Zeif, 18, sobbing after he described texting his family members during the Florida shooting. "And if not tomorrow, the day after that and the day after that until we achieve the change that we want in this country".
About 100 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students arrived at a Tallahassee high school to extended applause late Tuesday after a almost eight-hour trip. They also plan to talk to Senate President Joe Negron, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Richard Corcoran, and other politicians.
Salzmann said support from teachers and the school administration varied, but some teachers joined students outside.
The student survivors have actively taken to the press and social media with a message of gun reform.
They cheered vigorously during speeches as students from the school, the scene of last week's shooting rampage that killed 17 people, demanding an end to gun violence. "You see I'm wearing the ribbon for Parkland, in their remembrance", he added.
Students from Hellgate and Sentinel high schools gathered on both sides of the Higgins Avenue Bridge, holding signs and chanting for gun control.