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Hundreds of students in Pleasantville joined the nationwide walkout movement Wednesday to protest gun violence.
Pleasantville Middle and High School students walked out of classes at 10 a.m. and united on the front lawn of the high school.
The event memorialized the victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting by a ringing a bell for each of the 17 lives lost.
"We want common sense gun reform. We want to end school violence, and we want our community and our nation to stand together in kindness," said student and organizer Sophie Rapley.
Student Mickey Kennedy also took part. Her grandfather was former New York Sen. Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.
"The fact is, if the shooter did not have access to the gun at the impulsive moment, these deaths would have never occurred," said Kennedy.
Administrators said they supported the walkout. Students said they supported their classmates who decided to stay in school.
Within 20 minutes, the packed rotunda cleared out and students returned to classes for the day.