Thousands of walkouts and rallies are happening around the country on Friday in an effort to stop gun violence in our country. They fall on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.
Local students are using this ‘Day of Action’ to call on lawmakers to do more to prevent school shootings.
Students from Jefferson Middle School walked out of school at 10 a.m. on Friday and were going to spend the day taking part in debates to find solutions.
Friday afternoon they will meet with Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grishan to go over their ideas.
“If we’re really going to be heard, I think all of us need to be educated,” said Kaya Perce, 8th grade student.
“This is teaching kids who don’t know a lot about it, about the political system in the country and you know this is a country where you really got to be active in order to make a difference, it’s really important,” explained Lorenzo Gradi.
About 50 students from Jefferson Middle School took part in the walkout.
Student organizers say for them it was about opening up the conversation surrounding gun safety.
The Albuquerque Teacher’s Federation says about 100 ‘Day of Action’ events where planned, whether it be walkouts, rallies or other demonstrations.
Students at Kennedy Middle School in northeast did a ‘walk up’ before school and entered the building together after tying orange ribbons on the school gate.
Librarian Sara Adamson said, “There’s gun violence in the community and this is the one place where our students are safe, the schools and we want to make sure they stay safe at all times.”
Students organized events at the Roundhouse as well.