Students in Alachua County participate in national walk out day

Students from PACE Center for Girls walking out in protest of gun violence.

On March 14th as students across the country walked out of their classrooms to protest gun violence , students in Gainesville echoed their sentiments with walkouts of their own.

At PACE Center for Girls, executive director Natalya Bannister said the walkout allowed students to express themselves and show support for the victims of the Parkland shooting.

" We decided to participate because we wanted to make sure our girls knew they had a voice. They had feelings about this and and they needed a way to express it," Bannister said.

Students like Jalisia Long said the walk out was an opportunity to use her voice on behalf of the victims of the shooting.

"They didn't have a chance to help prevent what happened to them, so by me walking I was able to speak for them," Long said.

Teachers like Traci Amberbride also participated and walked alongside their students.

" This is a very important issue to me as a teacher and a parent," Amberbride said. "I can't think of a more important place to be than to be supporting my students and having their voices heard."

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