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Hundreds of Boca students walk out of class in protest

Posted at 9:23 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 21:23:19-05

For the second time this week, students in Boca Raton walked out of school.

For hours hundreds of middle school and high school students demanded for change. They walked out of school hoping the adults around them would pay attention.

"It's not okay that all these children are being killed when they should be safe," one student said.

Hundreds of Boca students marched Wednesday for the 17 lives lost in the Parkland shooting.

"I think people underestimate children and adolescents and what they can do, but look at all of he numbers we have here," another student said.

For 17 minutes they sat in silence just feet away from city officials, but when more students showed up they turned up the volume.

They filled the parking lot eager to share their message. Many asking for gun control and safer schools. Along the way, they got some help.

"I went and bought ten cases of water at Publix," Barbara Barashick said.

Barashick took her son to Stoneman Douglas High School to visit the memorial.  She says that day changed their perspective.

"We got out of the car and I have chills," she said. "When it's that close and you see it, you can't understand it until you go there."

The walkouts do create safety questions, but fire and rescue told WPTV they had no reports of injuries and the school district bussed many of the students back to their schools afterwards.