Students from Baker Prairie Middle School and Canby High School participated in the Enough National School Walkout

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Baker Prairie students stood in silence during their walkout on March 14.

This morning, students from Baker Prairie Middle School and Canby High School joined thousands of schools across the nation in the #Enough National School Walkout as they walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. in an act of solidarity with Parkland, Florida students and to stand up against gun violence.

"We are very proud of our students," Baker Prairie Principal Jennifer Turner said. "They were quiet and respectful."

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Some students gathered on the front lawn with their posters facing their peers on March 14.

Prior to the walkout, Baker Prairie Eagle Council (the school's student leadership) read a letter to all students.

"We are participating for 2 reasons," the letter said. "To honor those who passed, and to show that we want to create a safer future in schools."

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Plenty of Canby High School students left their classrooms as a part of the National School Walkout on March 14.

Today, March 14, is the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Many students around the nation left their classrooms for 17 minutes in remembrance of the 17 victims in Parkland.

According to the National School Walkout website, the act was for all people who have experienced gun violence.

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Hundreds of Baker Prairie students walked out of their school in complete silence as part of the #Enough National School Walkout March 14.

At the prompting of a bell, Baker Prairie students who chose to participate went outside to the front of the school and observed 17 seconds of silence for each of the 17 victims. Another bell rang at 10:08 a.m. and students returned to class.

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Students from Canby High School gathered in the stadium for 17 minutes as a part of the National School Walkout on March 14.

For high school students, the walkout fell during finals week, but still hundreds left their classrooms and walked out to the stadium anyway. Principal Greg Dinse asked the students to observe a moment of silence and then opened up the microphone for students to speak. Several did so, and after 17 minutes, Dinse offered a brief message to students, noting that school safety begins with them and encouraging them to exercise their right to vote when they are old enough.

In a letter to parents and guardians, Superintendent Trip Goodall shared the district's stance.

"As a district, we support our students' ability to exercise their First Amendment rights," Goodall said in the letter. "While we cannot sponsor student protests, we understand that student leaders may choose to organize a local school walkout in coordination with national events."

HERALD PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - On March 14, several students at Baker Prairie held up signs to remember the victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting.

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Some students spoke to the crowd after Principal Greg Dinse opened up the microphone.

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Canby High School students participated in the #Enough National School Walkout Wednesday.

HERALD PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Students at Canby High School took the microphone during the walkout Wednesday morning.

Kristen Wohlers
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