RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - At Westside High School, hundreds of students poured throughout the side door at 10 a.m. and stood outside peacefully for seventeen minutes representing the seventeen people killed in last month's shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
One by one, students walked quietly walked onto the fields at Westside High School to show solidarity and demand change for stricter gun laws.
"Emotional. Very emotional. I was like how could somebody go in that school and shoot innocent people. It could have easily been us. Easily," says Seniors Kyundra McCrary, Taylor Lewis & Amaya Moore.
It's what prompted these three students and others to coordinate and participate in the national walkout day campaign. During the seventeen minutes, students shared speeches pre-approved by the principal and released seventeen balloons to honor the victims.
"We gave a story on every victim. What happened to every victim, what they were doing and where they trying to save someone when they were getting killed. And each time a victim's name was mentioned a balloon was released," says Taylor Lewis.
And they tell me their message to lawmakers is simple. "We want change immediately, change needs to happen. How many more students have to be killed for you to make change."
A Richmond County Spokesperson says 9,000 students participated in the walkout throughout the district.