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Lehigh Valley students walk out, hold events to honor victims

From Parkland, Florida to Parkland High School in Lehigh County students are making their voices heard.

Students across the country left their classrooms in a nationwide school walkout against gun violence.

In the Lehigh Valley, several schools walked out while others held a different type of assembly to mark the day.

Students at Parkland in South Whitehall Township walked to the gymnasium and held an assembly remembering the lives of the 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.

The ceremony lasted about an hour. Many students spoke, then everyone watched a video honoring the 17 victims and shined lights as a show of solidarity.

The administration says this was a way for the high school to put on an educational program.

Parkland was not the only school to hold programs inside.

Both of the Allentown high schools held conversations inside the school Wednesday morning. The district had said anyone who left the building would be marked tardy or absent.

Northwestern Lehigh also held activities inside in the gym.

Many other schools in the Lehigh Valley participated in outdoor walkouts, including Bethlehem, Northern Lehigh, East Penn, Saucon Valley and Quakertown school districts.

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