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Thousands of students participate in walkouts throughout northern Michigan

Thousands of students participate in walkouts throughout northern Michigan

(WPBN/WGTU) --On Wednesday, thousands of students in northern Michigan joined students across the country in the national school walkout.

It's been exactly one month since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 students dead.

Students say the walkout focused on two things: remembering those students who lost their lives, and asking for change to make sure this never happens again.

“I'm proud of them for organizing it and just standing there and memory of the students who died," said one participant in Leland. "It's understandable why high school students would feel so strongly about it."

“I think our generation has been criticized for not being involved and we finally are,” said Lena Gerstle, an organizer at the Traverse City Central event.

While the walkouts were focused around the high school students, they were met with support from parents and community members.

“I'm a parent of a seventh grader who participated today and I’m just extremely touched and impressed that they're taking on this mantle like you said and advocating for everyone by doing so,” said a Leland public schools parent.

While students might not all be old enough to vote, those who are say we must not forget their efforts.

“Teenagers are trying to figure out in the way that many of us are,” said another parent. “But it made me really proud to stand behind them taking the lead. Their own vision, their own passions, and their own ideas, and they should be heard.”

Organizers estimate about 400 students at Traverse City Central participated.

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