Students across Kansas City walk out of school in effort to end gun violence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Students across the metro and across the country walked out of class Friday in an organized effort to protest gun violence.

Students gathered at Hyde Park in Kansas City around 11:30 a.m. for a peaceful protest. Many wore orange and black Friday, the official national school walkout colors.

Some students who couldn't make it to Hyde Park simply walked out of class around 10 a.m. for a short time to remember those killed in school shootings.

Districts involved in walkouts:

  • Olathe
  • Blue Valley
  • SMSD
  • KCK
  • North KC
  • Park Hill
  • Lee's Summit

Friday was the 19th anniversary of the Columbine School shooting, the event that first brought the reality of school shootings into the country’s conscience.

The shooting deaths of 17 students at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Valentine’s Day sparked a movement among high school students across the country.

On March 14, thousands of students across the metro and the country walked out of class holding signs calling for an end to gun violence. And now, they are doing the same thing.

Administrators at many local school districts worked with the kids to help them stay safe during the short rally. They asked students to stay on campus or else have a parent call into the office if they plan to leave or they risk being marked as truant.

FOX4 spoke with one student who helped plan the rally at Shawnee Mission North. There, the students gathered at the football field for 17 minutes of silence in honor of the 17 killed in Florida. He said these young adults are calling for commonsense gun control laws.

"Advocating that public schools as well as private schools, schools in general in the classroom are safe place where kids can learn and you don’t even have a thought or consideration that someone could walk in the classroom with a gun, that you would fall victim or your teacher or fellow classmates would fall victim," Shawnee Mission North Junior Tyler Ruzich said.

Church of the Resurrection in Leawood hosted a Never Again rally Friday afternoon.