TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - For 17 minutes, students sat inside Harrison's Auditorium on Wednesday.
"We are not here to be angry, we are not here to fight and get nowhere," read Harrison Sophomore Kline Turner.
No one walked outside for National School Walkout Day at Harrison High School. Though News 18 was asked to stay out of the auditorium while the presentation was underway.
"All of this like from here and down, that was full," explained Turner inside the auditorium about an hour later. She said the room was a little more than half full of students.
Turner led the event. She read the Parkland shooting victims' names, held a moment of silence and performed a self-written speech.
"No more lives deserve to be taken, no more families deserve to be shattered as we stand by and watch without taking action," she read from her speech.
Students passed around a petition that will be sent to both local and national elected officials. But Turner said this was not a political event. It was for every student.
"So, it doesn't really matter like your political party or what you personally believe," said Turner. "As long as you think that like some form of change in our society is needed then come and honor the lives and let's just come together for one main cause."
Turner met with Principal Cory Marshall several times to plan this presentation. He rearranged the free period schedule so students wouldn't have to miss class to attend. Neither of them considered this a protest.
"I feel like a protest is one side against another," said Marshall. "And I never really felt like that here."
News 18 asked if he believes in the cause.
"I feel like our schools are safe. Can they be safer? Sure. Absolutely," said Marshall. "But it's always a balance for schools to be safe and secure but also welcoming and a place that kids want to be."
Although this national event was designed for students to walk out of school. Turner feels like Harrison's was just as effective.
"It's still the same cause, it's still the same goal," said Turner. "We were still together and we are still standing for the same thing."
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