INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Thousands of students in central Indiana and across the globe walked out of school for 17 minutes on Wednesday to honor the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14.
They also wanted to send a message to lawmakers, pushing for stricter gun laws and increased school safety.
Students at almost every district in central Indiana participated in the walkout.
Carmel students met in the Fieldhouse and read the names of the 17 Florida school shooting victims.
In Muncie, students met with the Delaware County sheriff in the auditorium to talk about gun violence.
Brebeuf Jesuit students had several speakers outdoors, and they created a tribute to the shooting victims inside their chapel.
IPS students marched outside, carrying signs advocating for increased gun legislation and school safety.
Some students said afterwards they felt like their voices were heard, and they feel united as a student body.
The ACLU encouraged students to participate. They cited the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker vs. Des Moines, in which the high court ruled that students do have First Amendment rights, even while in school.
Historians say the national walkout was one of the largest youth protests in decades.
<strong><em>Click the spots on the Snap Map above to watch local Snapchat stories from National Walkout Day.</em></strong>