Mill Valley high school students walk out, highlight gun debate

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Students at Mill Valley High School Thursday joined a growing list of metro area high schools with students staging anti-gun violence walk-outs following the school shooting in Florida last month that killed 17 people. 

Dozens of Mill Valley students walked out at 10 a.m. Thursday, with some students silently holding red roses and signs with the names of each of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida.

A student organizer told the Mill Valley student newspaper that the demonstration was a memorial for the victims first, an anti-gun violence protest after that. 

Video from student newspaper Editor-in-Chief Nora Lucas shows other students looked on from a sidewalk entering the school.

Student walkout at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, KS. @41actionnews pic.twitter.com/j26XLoyZfE

Administrators told students they would not be penalized for participating, a district spokesperson confirmed. The spokesperson was in attendance during the walk-out and said there were no issues and students resumed their school day as normal after the short demonstration.

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