WACO, Texas - It has been one month today since a gunman went into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida with an AR-15-style rifle and killed 17 students and faculty.
Now, students locally and nationally are turning their grief into activism for today's National School Walkout Day.
"There is no difference. We are all here for the same cause, the same goal. And we're going to make some change happen," says Student Body President Avi Patel.
Another student organizer, Emily Katemosley says, "Whether you agree with what happened or not today, it still is effective and it still started a conversation. You are allowed to have different political opinions."
Over 385 Midway High School students participated in the National Walkout Day.
The walkout is both a memorial and a protest honoring the 17 people killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and pressing lawmakers to pass more strict gun laws.
"Many of my friends right there are 18 years old. They can vote. And these people who aren't listening to our voices, out of Congress, we are their constituents. We're their voice," said Patel.
"This is a display of maturity just across the board with our student body as a whole. This is a really great way to demonstrate that we do care and that we really do want to participate in our society just as much as you do," said student organizer Chandler Evans.
Despite rumors of disciplinary action, Midway's Principal saw the walkout as a positive effort on behalf of the students. She says, "They did it in the name of school safety. That's what they feel. That was in their hearts from the very beginning."
Student organizers say even though the protest is over, they have a plan of action - the C2BK Club.
Patel says, "That stands for the 'Cool To Be Kind Club,'. We plan to do various activities to make Midway truly just a more friendly, a more inclusive, a more encouraging place to go to every single day."
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