"I am walking out because I want to join other kids in protesting the violence that is allowed to happen in this country.
A safe school looks like a place where there are helpful and kind counselors available for every student and student support groups throughout campus."
—Kaelin Portnoy, 17, Saguaro High School (Arizona)
"Saguaro [High School] students are participating in the NSWO day to express our support for a better and safer community. It is time for changes to be made. A truly safe school can exist only in a safe and peaceful community. Gun violence needs to stop."
—Hannah Lynch, 16, Saguaro High School (Arizona)
"It’s more than just a walkout. It’s to prove a point to our administrators and our country that it’s time to change our gun laws and further our funding for safe schools. Whether it be a walkout or a rally, I and my fellow students are prepared to fight for safety.
A safe school to me looks like: more armed security guards who are trained for such circumstances, better counseling programs at our school, metal detectors, and students who can go to school without fear that they might too, lose their lives that day."
—Alexis Strauss, 17, Saguaro High School (Arizona)