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Students at Olympic Heights High School walk out to protest gun violence

Posted at 9:55 AM, Feb 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-19 17:38:15-05

There was a heavy police presence Monday morning at Olympic Heights High School in West Boca Raton as students walked out of class to protest gun violence after last week's shooting in Broward County.

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More than 100 students walked out of class at about 9:30 a.m. and held signs saying "No More Silence, End Gun Violence" and shouted "we want change."

Parent Amy Ackermann does not have a student who attends Olympic Heights but drove from Wellington to support the students who walked out of class.  She is demanding that schools receive extra support and security. 

"I think we have a moral responsibility to stand by our kids, and we are the ones that can make that change. We have the power to make that change, and we absolutely have to," said Ackermann.

The protest, which lasted for about 30 minutes, came after the mass shooting last week killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.