Walkout Coverage: Rockland CountyPosted: Updated:
Hundreds of students from North Rockland High School joined in the nationwide movement to protest gun violence and staged a walkout Wednesday.
The students walked out of the back of the school at 10 a.m. and held a moment of silence to remember the 17 victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The event was not organized by the school, but students had the full support of Principal Michael Gill.
"I think for a lot of our students it was a chance for them to say, “Hey we are here, and we are together and we are united, and we want to make sure we as a school community let everyone in the world know that we're about peace and not about violence,”” said Gill.
Coincidentally, students also attended an assembly called "Rachel's Challenge.” The anti-bullying event was founded by the father of the first victim of the Columbine shooting in 1999. Named after Rachel Scott, students learned about peacefully resolving situations and treating each other with respect.