Northern Michigan Students Participate in Nationwide School Walkout

Thousands of students across the country walked out of school to protest gun violence and call for safer schools Monday morning.

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were one of the many schools who took part in the walkout.

Monday marks one month since a student walked into the school and gunned down 17 people.

The walkout started at 10 a.m. and lasted 17 minutes: a minute for every person killed in the shooting.

Boyne City High School students there took part in the demonstration.

When the clock struck 10, about 400 Boyne City High School students marched out of the doors and around the sidewalk.

Their silence spoke louder than anything.

It was a 17 minute-long silent march.

The students held 17 signs with the names of the victims of the Parkland shooting written across.

Aurora Seeyle, a senior at Boyne City High School was one of the student organizers of the march.

She says this is not about a political issue, it’s not about guns, it’s about ensuring a safe education.

“A lot of the nation is doing gun reform and gun control marches, but we decided to not make it about that, we decided to make it positive and about choosing kindness and choosing a safe education free from violence,” explained Aurora.

The district was very supportive of the students here, and Boyne City police provided a detail around the perimeter to make sure students felt safe walking around.

Several other Northern Michigan schools are also taking part in the Nationwide School Walkout.

Cadillac High School students walked out at 10 Monday morning.

Organizers of the nationwide walkout estimate more than 3,000 schools are taking part.

Another round of school walkouts are planned for April 20.

That will mark 19 years since the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado.