Students from across the city and region participated in the National School Walkout for 17 minutes Wednesday morning, one month after a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 students inside a Florida high school.
They were protesting gun violence and asking Congress to take action.
"I want them to see how many people are in support of some type of change," said Sarah Wright, 18, a senior at Mastery Lenfest. "I thought, maybe there are a million people out here, but I could be one million and one. I want them to see that."
She was one of the students from the charter school on Fourth Street near Chestnut who walked to Penn's Landing, then stood in silence. With the passage of each minute, a gong was sounded and a student held up a sign with the name and age of one of the Parkland, Florida, victims.
"Participation was wider than anticipated, across both District and charter schools" said District spokesman Lee Whack. Besides high schools such as Central, Masterman, Science Leadership Academy and Workshop, students at many middle and elementary schools also took part in the 17-minute walkout. They include McCall, Meredith, Greenfield, Shawmont, Penn-Alexander, Kearney, JS Jenks, and Mifflin.
The Notebook will update this package throughout the day with scenes from various schools as well as the protest march and rally at City Hall.