Hundreds of students from Rockford area high schools participated in the national school walkout on Wednesday, in honor of 17 students who were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month.
The National Walk Out Day began at 10 a.m. and lasted for 17 minutes, one minute for each victim of the Parkland shooting.
Students at local high schools observed a moment of silence in honor of those killed.
The walkout also served as a protest to draw attention to school shootings and contribute to the ongoing discourse on gun legislation.
The protest was peaceful: there were no incidents reported by school personnel, Rockford Police or school guards during the walkout.
Winnebago High School students elected not to walk out of school, but instead hosted an assembly for students to voice their concerns and ask questions about current gun laws from a variety of guests including Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana and Illinois State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato.
Other schools in the region hosted similar events.