Cheyenne Students Rally to End Gun Violence [PHOTOS, VIDEO]
Hundreds of Cheyenne high schoolers walked out of class this (Wednesday) morning as part of a nationwide protest calling on lawmakers to pass harsher gun control laws.
The 17-minute walkout honored the 17 students and faculty members who were killed in last month's shooting in Parkland, Florida.
"This is kind of here to pay our respects and maybe hopefully spark some social change and conversation in America," said Central High School Senior Cody Harvick.
"I believe that everyone has a right to a safe school and that's what we're all here today to stand for," said Alli Grimm, a Freshman at Central High School.
In a pro-gun state like Wyoming, it's no surprise that most students are strong supporters of the Second Amendment, but the majority also believe gun laws need to be toughened.
"A lot of us feel that there should be a more elaborate background check, more of a process to be able to have a firearm in your possession," said Harvick. "I think that alone could of prevented quite a lot of these tragedies that have happened."
"I don't think we should take them (guns) away, but I think we should put more restrictions on them," said Central High School Freshman Viviana Gallardo.
Fortunately, Wyoming hasn't seen a massive school shooting, but students aren't naive to the fact that it could happen.
"We shouldn't just be thinking about our state and our school, we should be thinking about everyone in the country," said Grimm. "Even though it hasn't happened here, it's happened around the country and something needs to be done about it."