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"When people hear the terms gun restrictions or gun reform, they think that we want to take all of their guns, but that's not what we want", said GC mass communications major Haley Lewis.

At 10.00am (1400 GMT), students in numerous United States cities held a moment of silence to honour the 14 students and three adult staff killed on Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The march that propelled the students of the country to protest against gun violence is spreading like wildfire.

At SHS, the blue and white Scotland flag in the courtyard was lowered to half-mast prior to the start of the protest as students gathered in a circle, linked arms and chanted "we are the change", according to numerous stories posted to Snapchat.

These include expanded background checks for gun sales, a ban on assault weapons and raising the minimum age for some firearms purchases.

"Through these extraordinarily hard times, I have been continually impressed by the level of intelligence, compassion and maturity of our students", he wrote.

Students at Booker T Washington High School in Atlanta talking a knee as part of the #NationalWalkoutDay protests.

"In Los Angeles and other cities, teenagers spelled out the protest slogan "#ENOUGH" by lying down on the ground on sports fields. The caption: "I'll control my own guns, thank you". "Hats off to our young people".

"But that's how they know we're serious", Keene says.

The school says those students will face consequences of some sort in the weeks to come.

"Together with students and school leaders, we're working to provide students with an alternative avenue to express their viewpoints in a constructive and meaningful way, while remaining on campus, where safety measures are in place to ensure supervision and security", Mendoza said in his letter.

"Due to this fact, as well as concerns for student safety on this day of national attention, our schools are directed to not permit students to stage a walkout".

Students across the country made history Thursday by participating in the largest student-led protests since at least the early 1970s.

At Crestwood High School, students met in the school's fine arts center, and at Lakewood High School, students stepped outside of their classrooms for the 17 minutes.

Morrison said after several days their hands hurt, "but we felt it was important to reach out and let the students know we care about them".

"There should be no guns in schools". "We were all scared that everyone was being killed, because people were throwing desks to barricade and it sounded like gunshots", North Bend student Olivia Funk said.

Lucy Witzke, a seventh grade student at State College Friends School, writes an affirmation heart for students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Another organizer, 8th grader Sarah Farbiarz, was happy with how the event turned out.

Congress has shown little inclination to defy the powerful NRA and tighten gun laws, and Mr. Trump backed away from his initial support for raising the minimum age for buying an assault rifle to 21.

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