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Students in the Yonkers school district took part in National School Walkout Day Wednesday, but instead of walking out, all 39 schools staged a “walk-in" for security reasons.
The gym at Lincoln High School was packed as over 1,000 students, teachers, parents and local officials joined together to remember the 17 victims of the Valentine's Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Many of the students in Yonkers held up signs condemning gun violence and calling for change.
The event began with a moment of silence.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and other local leaders who were at the event urged the students to be the change they want to see.
"You protest. You make sure that elected officials out there know your voice will be heard,” said Spano.
Dozens of Yonkers students are expected to join thousands of protesters calling for an end to gun violence at the March For Our Lives event, which is being held March 24 in Washington, D.C.