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WNY students participate in national walkout

Posted at 4:48 PM, Mar 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-14 17:11:13-04

Hundreds of students from Niagara Falls to Hamburg and beyond took part in the national school walkout this morning. Their message: enough is enough.

A Facebook live video captured the moments of students from Williamsville South walked out of school this morning to remember the 17 lives lost in the Stoneman Douglas shooting exactly one month ago. 

"We are here for their lives to show that they were not lost in vain but that there memories will be used to fuel the movement that is never again," one said in the Facebook video.

Students filled the bleachers, some carrying posters while classmates delivered speeches and held a moment of silence for the victims.

Students at Amherst High school also walked outside this morning. 

"It made me emotional seeing how many of my classmates cam out and came to listen and contribute to this change that we are trying to push for," Kelsey Dux, Amherst senior, said.

Students also spoke about mental health, gun control and bullying.

Canisius High School in Buffalo stayed inside and stood shoulder to shoulder in the gym for a prayer service honoring the 17 lives lost. They also wrote letters of condolence to the Parkland community. 

"Obviously there is a problem that's going on and I don't really know what the answer to that problem is, but obviously we need to find an answer needs to be something that changes," David Pfaff, Canisus senior, said. 

For more photos about Western New York schools participating the the gallery, click here.

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