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Arkansas students participate in walkout after Florida school shooting

At 10 a.m., Little Rock Central High students could be heard chanting, "We want peace," and "Books not bullets," as they not only remembered the victims but asked for an end to gun violence. (KATV Photo)

Hundreds of students in Arkansas and across the nation walked out of their classroom doors Wednesday morning to remember the 17 victims of a fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month.

March 14, 2018, marked one month since Nikolas Cruz allegedly walked into the Florida school, opened fire and took the lives of students and faculty members.

At 10 a.m., Little Rock Central High students could be heard chanting, "We want peace," and "Books not bullets," as they not only remembered the victims but asked for an end to gun violence. Balloons were released for all 17 victims.

Within 30 minutes, Central High students had protested, spoken up and gone back to class.

Some Arkansas schools chose to approach the protests differently, citing disciplinary action for students who walked out. While the Little Rock School District said it would take disciplinary action if students weren't back in class immediately following the allotted time for the protest, Superintendent Michael Poore said Tuesday that he believed the walkout is a teaching moment for schools and students to understand what protest is about and have their voices heard.


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