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Students of CNY schools take part in nationwide walk out

Some students carried signs with messages like, "No more silence," and, "Sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the world."

On a bitter March morning several students in some Central New York schools took part in a nationwide walk out in response to the shooting that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Florida.

Thousands of rallies were planned nationwide, according to the Associated Press, starting at 10 a.m. and lasting for 17 minutes — one minute for each victim killed in the Florida shooting.

Among them was a demonstration at Ithaca High School, which saw students walk out of their school. Some carried signs with messages like, "No more silence," and, "Sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the world."

In Syracuse there was a different approach: students at Nottingham High School participating in the event gathered in the school's gymnasium.

The coordinated walkouts were loosely organized by Empower, the youth wing of the Women's March, which brought thousands to Washington, D.C., last year. The group urged students to leave class at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes — one minute for each victim in the Florida shooting -- and suggested demands for lawmakers, including an assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun sales.

"Our elected officials must do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to this violence," the group said on its website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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