Although thousands of students walked out of their classrooms yesterday for a 17-minute protest against lax gun laws around the country, not every student had the opportunity to share their support. Some school districts and individual schools barred students from protesting, but that didn鈥檛 stop their communities for reaching out and showing solidarity.

At Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta (the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.), students were told they couldn鈥檛 leave the building, so instead, they congregated in the school鈥檚 hallways and took a knee 鈥 the protest method favored by former NFL great Colin Kaepernick and dozens of other football players over the last two years. Elsewhere in the same state, protests also took a different form.

In Cobb County, Georgia, schools warned students of suspensions and other punishment if they joined the walkout, but that didn鈥檛 stop dozens of聽parents聽from protesting on behalf of their kids.聽Holding signs that read 鈥淪tudent Will Change Congress鈥 and 鈥淐hildren Over Guns,鈥 the parents congregated out of Walton High School while their children remained inside.

At Campbell High in the same district, even though students were warned of disciplinary action for participating, the school鈥檚 teacher鈥檚 silently nodded as many kids walked out to the school鈥檚 bus parking lot and read names of school shooting victims before returning to class.

鈥淭he school had 17 minutes of silence, and every minute they read the name of one of the victims and a fact about them,鈥 Catie Parker, a student at Campbell, told CNN. 鈥淚n the bus parking lot, we formed a silent circle with our posters and stood in solidarity for those 17 minutes.鈥

But not all kids walked out in solidarity. One student in North Carolina was the only student to protest at his school. 16-year-old Justin Blackman was the only one of 700 students at聽聽Wilson Preparatory Academy yesterday. 鈥淯mm鈥 hello Twitter, there鈥檚 going to be like six people watching this hopefully,鈥 he said in his now-viral post.鈥滻t鈥檚 National Walkout Day, I鈥檓 the only one from my school out here.鈥

Blackman went back into his school expecting to be in trouble, but according to CNN, he was congratulated by some of his fellow students, leading him to understand that it can take just one person to make a change.

In New Jersey, Rosa Rodriguez faced her own punishment for walking out, but she did so anyway, and her story was picked up by ABC News. Protesting alone, Rodriguez said, 鈥淚 want to show I care about it, so I want to do something about it,鈥 telling the outlet that she will not fight any punishment her principal may hand down to her for her solo protest.

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