Some D-51 students ready for walkout on Wednesday

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Some students in Mesa County Valley School District 51 are planning to walk out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence.

Students around the nation participated in walkouts last week. District 51 students were on Spring Break so they decided to postpone their walkout.

On Tuesday, students from local high schools gathered at a local coffee shop to make signs for their walkout.

"We're gathering together to provide people in the community to make signs and essentially get their message out," Spencer Hurt, a Central High School student, said.

The walkout will be at 10:00 in the morning on Wednesday.
Students are not required to participate and the district is taking a neutral stance.

In a statement, District 51 said, "District employees will not actively engage in the Walkout, but you will see some staff outside for the purpose of supervision."

It will last for 17 minutes, one minute for each student killed the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The students hoped the sign making party would raise awareness of the walkout.

"We're not just kids who eat tide pods, we're not the lazy generation, when we have a thing we really care about we are willing to fight for it," Claire Conkling, a Fruita Monument High School student, said.

There will also be a March for Our Lives event on Saturday, March 24, starting at 1 p.m. The march will begin at Lincoln Park and end at City Hall.

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