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Worthington students participate in National School Walkout

Worthington High School student Trequan Wright leads a prayer Wednesday morning as part of the National Walkout Day protesting gun violence. (Alyssa Sobotka / The Globe)1 / 2
Students are shown Wednesday at Worthington Middle School in the midst of a National Walkout Day observance. (Karl Evers-Hillstrom/The Globe)2 / 2

WORTHINGTON — Whether vocal or silent, hundreds of Worthington students made their voices heard Wednesday as part of a national walkout day in protest of gun violence and remembrance of the lives lost in the latest mass school shooting.

Worthington high school and middle school students walked out of class at 10 a.m. Wednesday and remained outdoors for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 lives claimed during the Valentine’s Day mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Three WHS students led a peaceful demonstration calling for gun control reform and empowering teenagers to participate in the political discussion.

Students at WMS approached the walkout another way, standing in complete silence for the 17 minutes in honor of the lives tragically claimed one month ago.

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