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Jamestown High School students take part in walkout

About 50 students walked out of class at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Jamestown High School. The walkout was part of a national protest organized by the Women’s March and commemorated the deaths of 17 students and staff in a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and protested the inaction of Congress on school safety and gun issues.

A map furnished by the Women’s March Youth Empower group showed students at Jamestown High School, Bismarck High School, Fargo Davies High School and Grand Forks Central High School participating in North Dakota.

Jamestown students exited the building and gathered on the sidewalk in front of the building. One of the students read a list of the names of the students and staff killed at Parkland followed by a moment of silence. The student comments also called for more action on gun control and student safety.

Adam Gehlhar, principal of Jamestown High School, required permission be granted by the student or his or her parent for any student identifiable in a photograph before the image could be published.

“It is important for the kids to recognize they have a voice,” he said, during an interview prior to the protest. “There are appropriate and orderly ways for that voice to be heard.”

After the event, Gehlhar said the students who participated did so in an orderly fashion.

“What we didn’t want was the situation to become emotionally charged,” he said.