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Quincy High students participate in national walkout

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Quincy High School students participated in the nationwide walkout Wednesday.

The date marks one month after 17 students were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

At approximately 10 a.m. over a hundred QHS students gathered in front of campus, formed a circle and held hands or linked arms.

In the center of the circle was a list of the 17 names of the victims of the Parkland shooting.

Most of the walkout was spent in silence as they honored the Parkland victims for 17 minutes, one minute for each victim.

The silence ended with the reading of the names of the 17 victims.

Students said the main goal today was to remember the victims from Parkland, but also to make their voices heard.

They said they don't want school shootings to be considered normal.

"You don't even think about it as much anymore. It's awful really. There's no better way to say it. It's terrible." Said QHS Senior Katie Vogler. "I think we as students want to bring that back up and say hey this happened. The conversation doesn't need to stop two days after. It needs to keep going more than a month after. More than a year after."

Students hope that those who can make changes happen are noticing.

"My main goal for this would be that people that have more of a say than us will see that students actually do care about this issue," said Senior Brian McIntyre, "It can remind them when they vote."

NBC News reported that an estimated 185,000 students in 50 states planned to participate in the nationwide school walkout.

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