Nearly 250 students walked out of the Dayton Regional STEM school on Woodman Drive today to show solidarity with their counterparts in Florida after last week’s deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas school.
The students left the school around noon Wednesday and planned to be outside for 17 minutes, representing the number of people killed in last week’s shooting, according to a spokesperson.
The walkout was for students in eighth to 12th grade, the school said.
A spokesperson said the district supported the students, however staff did not participate in the event.
Students in other area districts also walked out today.
In Tipp City, nearly 200 of the 806 Tippecanoe High School students participated in a walkout that Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said was “in support of safer schools.” “Many of those who participated did so in a peaceful and respectful manner. We support our students’ ability to exercise their first amendment rights,” Kumpf said.