Ridgefield High School students are participating in a protest today against gun violence. Today marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. Sophomore Lane Murdock launched the National School Walkout after the February shooting at a Florida high school. Participating students will walk out of class at 10am to a rally on campus, opening with a moment of silence.
There will also be an open mic portion of the event, and Murdock says second amendment supporters will be able to voice their opinions.
Ridgefield High School Principal Stacey Gross told the Ridgefield Press that the police department agreed to cover the cost of providing security for the protest.
Plans for Friday's walkout began only hours after the Parkland shooting, when Murdock teen started an online petition calling for protests on the anniversary of Columbine. She then gathered a few other students at Ridgefield High School to orchestrate the national protest.
"We're walking out to remember every single young person who has been killed by American gun violence," Murdock said in a statement Thursday. "We're walking out to talk about the real problems our country is facing, and the solutions that our leaders are too scared to dream up."