Atherton High School students participate in National School Walkout

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students across the country -- including some in Louisville -- walked out of class on April 20 to raise awareness about gun violence.

Dozens of students at Atherton High School walked out Friday morning. It was part of a National School Walkout event.

Organizers of the walkouts say they want to hold elected officials accountable, promote solutions to gun violence, and get students to be more engaged in the political system.

"We really need to take action to ensure that we don't have to worry about coming to school and being murdered," said sophomore Leo Hickerson. "Like, we should be able, we have the right to come to school and to not fear somebody coming in and killing us."

The event was meant to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine School shooting. Twelve students and one teacher were killed at the school in Colorado.

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