Winnacunnet High School students walked out of school today at 10 a.m. and walked around the school track for 17 minutes, representing the 17 victims of the Parkland, Florida, shooting, according to

The walkout was supposed to take place on March 14th, the news article stated, however, the weather postponed the date until today, April 20, the 19th anniversary of the tragic shootings in Columbine, Colorado.

This was not a walk out for gun control. The students wanted to memorialize and honor the victims of shootings, rather than get in to any sort of political debate, the article stated.

According to, some of the students did have an opinion about gun control but reiterated that this day was about remembering the victims rather than getting in to any sort of disagreement.

The students also expressed a need to look at the state of mental health and how things like the recent shootings can never happen again, the article stated.

You have to admire these young people who are remembering victims that are much like themselves. I'm sure it was hard for them this morning, but for the families of the victims, I'm sure it meant so much.

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