Parkway High School walked out of class today at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes for National Student Walkout Day. Schools around the country joined the demonstration to honor the students who were killed in last month’s Majority Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Teachers hope students learn civic activism and feel empowered to exercise their free speech.

The national organization behind the protest, Empower, is calling on Congress to ban assault weapons, require universal background checks before gun sales, and pass a gun violence restraining order law that would allow courts to disarm people who show signs of violent behavior, reports KTVI.

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While many students were worried about getting in trouble for skipping school, Northeast Middle School Principal Jennifer Sebold says she encouraged the students to create a plan, and as long as they were safe, she would support them exercising their first amendment right.

The school also sent an email to parents alerting them of the walkout and plan.

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