Students and staff are walking out into the school's courtyard, reciting the Rosary, praying for victims of the Parkland, Fla. shooting Wednesday morning at 10:45 a.m.
Many universities have said they will not hold it against applicants who are punished due to today's walkout.
In Parkland, students slowly filed onto the Stoneman Douglas school football field as law enforcement officers looked on.
"We know students are planning to engage in these walkouts in other schools across the country as well".
The outdoor gathering will also be student-led.
Students from at least 50 MA schools are joining the movement, according to Walkout for Action, a coalition of local students.
Cohen said 49,000 students attend her district, along with more than 4,000 teachers.
Cole said it's better to honor the Parkland victims in a nonpolitical way.
The 18-year-old said he doesn't want to live in fear inside the classroom.
The movement - called #Enough - is calling for a ban on assault-style weapons and the expansion of background checks.
The National School Walkout follows weeks of protests and walkouts around the country, protesting schools violence and gun regulation. "We thought it was an active shooter", said Nick Moston, senior class president.
All but three of those who were killed at Stoneman were teenagers. More than 3,000 are listed. I asked another student to share their connection with the damaging effects of gun violence.
The demonstration is to raise awareness about the issues of school safety. "You didn't let up and you fought until there was change".
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said he's proud of the students' focus and determination to turn their grief into action. "So many times we forget to listen". For students participating, peaceful assembly will be allowed at predetermined locations designated by school administrators to maximize student safety. Some students plan to then call for action at the Statehouse, while high schoolers from some of the state's largest cities plan to use the day to call attention to the gun violence issues that affect their urban school communities.
"Wanting to make change on a policy level (and) on a national and federal level is really inspiring for 11, 12, 13-year-olds", Alex Gordon said.
Students locally and nationally walked out of class Wednesday in a show of support for tighter gun laws.
In this rural and conservative part of Nebraska, she said, gun control is controversial. "Not knowing if your closest friends and family are safe", she said.
Students at Columbia Gorge Community College campuses in Hood River and The Dalles will also walk out at 10 a.m. today. It is recognized that there is a risk involved in protesting, but that risk and any other qualms are far outweighed by the importance of the cause. Some of her friends pushed back on Snapchat, she said, saying gun laws in the United States work well.
Numerous students learned about the shooting in Parkland through social media.