About a dozen Barnesville High School students took part in the "National School Walkout" Friday, April 20, as first reported by WTOV-TV 9 that evening.
The National School Walkout, a movement powered and led by students across the country, took place on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado.
According to the movement’s website, "we’re protesting congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence. America is the only country in the world where so many people are killed by guns, and yet our leaders do nothing about it. In many states it’s more difficult to register to vote than it is to buy a rifle. Apparently to some politicians, a vote is scarier than a gun."
The local walkout was one of over 2,600 nationwide.
The television station noted, "students said they would also like to see changes made in schools to ensure safety for students" including one dedicated resource officer and one nurse at both the middle and high school campuses.
WTOV noted, "the walkout was planned more than a month ago. Students coordinated with faculty prior to the event".