LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)— Students in Greater Lafayette joined with thousands across the country in the National School Walkout this morning.
Seventeen people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and the students at Jefferson High School made their voices heard with silence as their answer.
An organization at the school called 'Enough is Enough' started right after the school shooting in Florida.
Students were given the option to join in on the protest today and Lafayette police officers blocked off roadways and set up cones for students to walk safely.
Senior Julia Maxwell says today's protest isn't the end.
"I hope kids realize this isn't just a walk out and we're done," Maxwell said. "This is just the start of something and we're getting the ball rolling here. I think this was an event that could really help us do that, you know?"
Maxwell emphasized the message they are trying to spread is kindness and have students to take the initiative to go out of their way to give someone a compliment or sit by someone alone at lunch.
One parent reached out to News 18 after he dropped his daughter off at school. Justin Richardson wanted to test Jefferson's security regulations to see how difficult it was to get into the school. He says this isn't the first time he's walked into the building without a problem.
"I'd been in their school for about 10 to 15 minutes now," Richardson said. "I walked out there, and I started looking around. I was peaking around the hallways, nobody was saying anything to me."
He says within two hours of dropping his daughter off and warning the school, he came back without an issue.
His goal is to make sure his child's safety is the top priority.
"I just want to see better security, I want to see them enforce what they said they were going to do. The assistant principal said someone would be at that door. No one was there." Richardson said.
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