Walkout demonstrations once again took place at schools throughout the U.S. today as students honored the victims of the Columbine High School shooting, which occurred 19 years ago today in Colorado.
Locally, the Utica Academy of Science Charter School in Frankfort participated in a walkout to remember the victims of the Columbine shooting, and to bring awareness to recent school shootings such as the one in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.
They started off with a short speech and students then read off the names of the victims in the Columbine shooting, followed by a moment of silence and a song that was played in their memory. Students were then invited to say a few words if they wanted to.
Organizers of the walkout say they also did this to bring awareness to current events.
"Well it's a very hot button issue in our culture today and it felt like as a community and as a school we should show our opinion of it, show how we stand in the issue and that we are unified at an achievable goal,” said Patrick Hampe, an organizer of the walkout.
Students say they hope to continue this event for years to come.
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