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Boca Raton students walk to the school where 17 students died

Posted at 8:04 PM, Feb 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 04:13:25-05

What started as a simple protest, West Boca High School students walking out of class, rallying in the courtyard demanding change, evolved into a 10-mile march from their school to the scene of last week's school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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"I don't want to be able to go to school and be scared that I might get shot by someone who is going through some things," student Gamir Saint said.

For some the walk proved to be too difficult. The spontaneous march left them without water in the blazing sun. But these two women, who heard about the protest, made their way to the march to hand out much needed water and pizza.

This sudden act of kindness gave these kids the boost of energy they needed to finish what they started. I talked to West Boca principal, Craig Sommer about the spur of the moment walk-out.

"They were definitely expressing their democratic right and we wanted to ensure safety first and foremost, which we did with partnership with our school district police."

"All of this is for a good cause. It needs to stop now, we need to make a change," student Jakob Desousa said.

Around 3 p.m., a dozens school buses transported the teens back to West Boca Raton.