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Irving students stage walk out protest, honor victims of Florida shooting

Irving students stage walk out protest, honor victims of Florida shooting

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Dozens of students at Irving Middle School walked out of class this morning to honor the 17 victims of the Florida high school shooting.

The school principal, Jason Shanahan, says they gathered in front of the school for about 17 minutes.

Shanahan says school staff were present to supervise but the event was entirely student organized and run.

Some of the kids' parents also showed up in support.

LPS told Channel 8 Eyewitness News this was not a school sanctioned event, and students who participated were marked absent.

Shanahan addressed the students before they went back inside, saying "I told them no matter where they stand on the issues, every student at Irving can do their part to help ensure a safe learning environment - they can be respectful to each other, they can look out for each other."

This is the latest in an ongoing cry for more safety in Lincoln schools.

Last month, parents showed up in force at an LPS board meeting to voice their concerns.

A national walk out protest is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14.

It is expected that students at several Lincoln schools will participate.

Some Irving parents who attended say the protest went off smoothly, with no problems between students and administrators.

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