HUNTINGTON,Ind. (WFFT)- After 17 minutes of silence inside to start the day, students at Huntington North High School are standing outside in unity for the victims of the school shooting in Florida.
"We want peace" is the sentiment echoing throughout the crowd.
"No speech. It was simply the walkout. We've done things in recognition of it inside, but other than that it's simply walking outside the building for seventeen minutes,"Superintendent Randy Harris said.
Members of the media were not allowed to speak with students or teachers at the event.
While some schools were against having students outside of the building at all, Huntington North gained some community support for doing it.
"We should do it to support the other schools with everything that's happening. It's a part of our freedom being able to express how we feel about things," Sydney Maloay said.
Maloay and Jada Nicholson, both Huntington University students, said this national movement is something they hope will show students in Florida that they have support of people in Northeast Indiana.
"I think that it's nice that those students can feel support from other schools, and not be alone during this time because it's a hard time for all these high schoolers to face,"Maloay added.
"That's one way to get people to pay attention to it. They might see it and be like 'Oh that's a good idea', but they might not do anything with it, but at least people are getting the word out there about it," Jada Nicholson said.
All of the students walked out at 10am to gather in front of the school, and peacefully walked back in after 17 minutes. The 17 minutes is to honor those 17 victims from the Florida school shooting.
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