Despite not being old enough to vote, the 17-year-old said she wanted her fellow students' voices to be heard. "Everyone has the right to learn no matter where you're from", she said.
"He's an absolute coward. If you take it here at this lower level, education was one thing that was fought for and now we're fighting to have safety in the educational system".
A 19-year-old armed with an AR-15 assault rifle killed 17 people on Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, setting off perhaps the most contentious debate on gun control the United States has seen in years.
"Very heartbreaking touching we all are united as Broward county and all over the world because we all are supposed to support each other and be here and for this terrible thing to happen that just breaks all of our hearts", said Scott.
"I am devastated", Israel added.
The sheriff said he became sick to his stomach upon learning Deputy Scott Peterson had not entered the building and engaged the gunman. "He never went in".
Gov. Rick Scott
Lawmakers want to allow teachers who go through extensive training and work under the direction of law-enforcement agencies to be able to carry concealed weapons at schools.
"We're not walking out to further a specific partisan agenda, or to miss class", Nathaniel Burke, one of the student organizers, explained during Washington High's morning announcements on Wednesday.
Florida's Republican legislative leaders said they are going to move ahead with a "sweeping" bill that responds to the shooting at a high school that left 17 people dead. Scott was armed and failed to do so.
"Being in this type of emergency is traumatizing both for the students AND teachers".
Parth said the effort was supported by the faculty at Lakewood High School, located in a suburb on the west side of Cleveland. The sheriff's office also received several earlier calls about Cruz.