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A tightly packed crowd of students and community members extends for several blocks March 24 as marchers head south on Main Street to downtown Downers Grove during the Downers Grove March for Our Lives. A group of Downers Grove North High School students

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Thousands of students across the country, including many in our area, will walk out of class Friday.

"You're going to hear us, and you're going to make the changes we're asking you to make", said Eryn Banton, a student at Cheltenham High School in Montgomery County.

The walkouts were scheduled for this specific day because it is the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings, when two students killed 13 people back in 1999.

"When people talk about school shootings it's always Columbine, Columbine, Columbine but it's still happening now".

Students are planning to walk out of their classrooms at 10 a.m., meet at Mill Creek Park at 1 p.m. and march to the Liberty Bell on Truxtun Avenue. "Young people in more unsafe areas like many cities and low income areas, or minority kids who are at a higher risk of gun violence should not have to walk around fearing for their lives", Gines said.

Students from almost 2,500 schools around the country plan to walk out of class to demand help from lawmakers when it comes to school shootings.

"They got shot for no reason", he said. We are supporting more moderate gun legislation because again, we all want the same thing. It was part of a nationwide event on the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, meant to keep up energy and pressure on lawmakers to enact gun control.

Passing motorist honked their horns to show support to the students while other spulled over to take pictures of them.

Students from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia join the National School Walkout April 20, 2018 in while marching to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. "After this day, we will still be here and we will still be fighting for what we want", said Freshman Cam McWilliams.

"We had very different numbers", Saidi said.

The school shootings have caused state leaders to form committees to study how to make schools safer. However, students were made aware that missing class would affect their school attendance record.

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