More than 300 students quietly rose from their seats at 10 a.m., left their classrooms, and marched to the outskirts of the circular quad to stand in silence.
Peaceful walkouts were staged on several campuses around the region. School officials reported no serious incidents.
Thousands of Stockton high school students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday morning as part of the National School Walkout with a united message that they have had enough of gun violence and they expect to see the adults in charge make some changes.
Atascadero police plan to recommend a felony charge against the senior student who threatened to “shoot up” the high school on Wednesday during a planned anti-gun walkout.
Media representatives were barred from covering the event. A parent was also turned away from the campus.
As students throughout the country walked out of campuses on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, North County campuses held their own events to honor the victims and advance the cause of school safety.
In response to a torrent of questions and criticism over the surprise removal of four school principals, Mountain View Whisman Superintendent Ayindé Rudolph sent a letter to parents Tuesday offering the district’s first explanation.
School officials in Davis, a college town that’s one of the state’s most liberal cities, told students in advance they would get a mark on their attendance record if they chose to walk out Wednesday.
Using handmade signs, chants and phone calls to members of Congress, young people around Southern California turned fear and frustration into activism Wednesday, joining peers nationwide to protest gun violence in schools.
Santa Ana High students took turns stepping up to the microphone to introduce themselves and ask questions through the video feed.