About 40 students walked out of South Pasadena High School at 10 a.m. Friday to remember those who lost their lives during the Columbine Massacre in 1999.
It was part of a national day of protest.
Holding signs and chanting, “Hey, Hey, Ho Ho, all the guns have to go,” the teens marched north on Fremont Avenue from the school campus before heading east on Mission Street where some boarded a Gold Line light rail train for a downtown L.A. rally at City Hall calling for the end of gun violence.
“It could have been Me!,” “Never Again,” and “Guns are the death of the U.S.,” were among the messages carried by the young protesters.
It marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County in Colorado as two teens went on a shooting spree, ending the lives of 13 people and wounding more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide.
Students across the country, including those walking out at SPHS, are demanding stricter gun laws and uniting against gun violence.
In was the second nationwide protest of gun violence of the year since a February mass shooting at a Florida School took the lives of 17 individuals. The first walkout in mid March lasted 17 minutes or one minute for each of the Parkland, Florida, victims.