Walkouts, walk-ins, and demonstrations sent a message to lawmakers to pass stricter gun control laws and make schools safer Wednesday.
Students at schools all across Northeast Indiana also recognized the March for our Lives movement this morning. The idea was for students to walk out of their schools for 17 minutes, one minute for each victim of the Florida school massacre.
At Snider High School, a couple dozen students under the supervision of staff walked outside the main entrance of the school and stood together on the front plaza. A student we talked to also tells us they read the names of the shooting victims over the PA and held a minute of silence in their honor.
In Huntington, a big crowd of students walked outside Huntington North High School and gathered together in a designated, and supervised area. It was there they stood for 17 minutes. Schools leaders are also handing out pledge cards at lunch where students can vow to do 17 acts of kindness.
A student at Noblesville High School in Indianapolis is honoring the shooting victims with an art display. Delaney Amsler created a 60-foot long banner with the names of students and teachers shot and killed in America's schools since 1840.
She spent 24 hours total researching names and places for the project. Wednesday, it's hanging in the hallways of her school, and she says she hopes her banner will spark some important conversations.
In Allen County, schools warned parents that if their child walks out, they risk being marked truant.
Officials at Southwest Allen County Schools warned students if they walk out any time during the day, they risk being marked truant. In an email to parents, officials say they recognize the significance of the event, but say they cannot encourage students leaving the classroom.
At Northwest Allen County Schools, leaders say that students certainly deserve a voice, but cannot endorse any kind of walkout because of safety. Students who do walk out or don't show up for school will be marked truant.
However, at Northwest Allen County Schools, students will be given opportunities for dialogue about school violence in their classes and will be directed how to contact legislators, in case they want to lobby for law changes to boost school safety.
Officials with Fort Wayne Community Schools have said students who walk out of fail to show up for school will face an unexcused absence. They've encouraged students to work with leaders in their schools to set up rallies or demonstrations inside the building, and use the day and what they stand for as a teaching and learning opportunity.
The Associated press reports the American Civil Liberties Union issued advice for students who walk out, saying schools can't legally punish them more harshly because of the political nature of their message.