Students set to "walk-in" at Allendale Columbia School in protest of gun violence
Rochester, N.Y. - On Wednesday, thousands of students both nationwide and locally are stepping up and out against gun violence. It's part of a National Walk Out movement.
Dozens of Allendale Columbia High School students will participate in a "walk-in" for 17 minutes to honor the victims of last month's deadly shooting in Florida.
The event begins at 10 a.m. in the school's gym with a moment of silence for each of the victims killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
"It was really important for our school to get involved because a lot of the students...believe in what the walk-out stands for," said student organizer Addy Flood.
The national movement signifies young people, collectively, raising their voices to join in on the national gun law debate.
"We are the ones who should feel safe," Flood said. "We're the ones who sit in school at desks. We're the ones who need to feel safe. If we feel unsafe then it's unsafe."
Co-organizer J.T. Coupal agrees.
"To be honest with you, it was the graphic videos that we saw that students took on Snapchat that really hit close to home for me, and everybody else," Coupal said. "That’s really motivated me in this particular case.”
Students will be able to sign a letter that will be sent to Congress and corporations who support the NRA. There'll also be an open forum for students to share their thoughts.
School leaders are supporting students because they believe they should be independent thinkers and have their voices heard.
"I think that there's a real movement here," said Mick Gee, the head of school. "Our students want to be part of that. They're here at Allendale Columbia School, they want to be part of a bigger movement and have their voice heard on a national stage."
"I think that [they have to] listen to us because we're the ones who should be listened to," Flood said.
Allendale Columbia among other schools remain concerned about keeping students safe. That's why deputies will be on campus during and after the event. Teachers will be in hallways and the gym as well as the school on lock out mode during the day.