It was National Walkout Day, and hundreds of students at West Capital Park in Albany, and across the country, took a stand against gun violence, and for tougher gun control laws.
This time, however, not a lot of schools were all that supportive, especially with threats of an unexcused absence, detention, or maybe even a suspension.
One Albany Leadership High School student says it does bother her that the school is not on their side, since the event is about the students, the ones affected more than anybody.
Organizer Caroline Crowell from Albany Academies says it would obviously be very nice if all of the schools were supportive, but it is part of the experience, it is part of the movement, to stand up, walk out, and not care about the punishment.
She added that it is ridiculous that there are people saying they are too young for this, even with a lot of the kids at the rallies and walkouts being 18, which, according to them, is old enough to own an assault rifle.
Tiara Wilmont attends Albany Leadership High, and says her school should support them, expressing themselves and representing their school.
The rallies and walkouts were held on the 19th anniversary of the mass shootings at Columbine High in 1999, that resulted in the deaths of 12 students and 1 teacher.
The shooters, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, committed suicide after the shootings.
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