Several high schools in Texoma participated in National School Walkout Day, including Iowa Park High School. "We have to do it and these students I think are going to force the issue one way or the other", said former Congressman Ron Barber, who was wounded during the January 8 2011 Tucson shooting.
The three-pronged goal of the movement driven by youth is to promote solutions to gun violence, hold elected officials accountable and engage students in the political system. They just want their classmates and future students to feel protected on school grounds.
"This type of thing isn't ending, and we need to be aware and we need to know that even though this is still going on we need to be strong", Black said.
Student organizer Jordan Harb says the students are keeping the pressure on Gov. Doug Ducey to do something to stop gun violence.
"We had a moment of silence, a minute of silence, honoring the victims of thee Columbine shooting", said West High senior Zoe Brookshire-Risley.
For some, the consequences don't matter.
"What if it wasn't a late student?" "And at this point I am just so fed up with being terrified to go to school". Or what if I was a late student with a gun in my bag?
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In Atlanta, dozens of students gathered on the steps of the Georgia Capitol and rallied for gun control. "We want comprehensive background checks, the elimination of the gun-show loophole", said one student speaker.
At Easton Area High School both sides of the gun rights debate were represented. That was before most of these students were born.
"Metal detectors", Watkins said.
The rally concluded at the University of Arizona mall where students continued to have their voices heard.
"We continue to provide a safe and orderly environment and work to protect our students so they are safe". "Now that it is finally affecting white communities, people are starting to realize that something is very, very wrong". You won't matter. There's not enough of us, it won't matter.
"There is no reason a child should be in harm's way because they are at school, there is never a justified reason for that kind of violence", said St. Agnes junior Veronica Thompson.