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Galileo Magnet High School remembers Florida shooting victims

(WDBJ)
Published: Mar. 16, 2018 at 3:50 PM EDT
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One Danville high school held its own version of the National Walk Out Friday.

Students at Galileo Magnet High School chose not to participate in the National Walk Out. Instead, they banded together to remember the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida.

Students read a poem and all 17 names of the lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

A balloon was released in honor of each person.

"People thought it was a protest and this is not a protest at all. This isn't about guns or anything. This is just about school unity and just coming together as one," says Student Council President, Isaiah Warner.

They want to spread happiness, kindness and compassion through the school.

"Even though we have differences with each other, or we might be mad at each other, we still have to love each other. We go to the same school, we live in the same area," says Student Council Vice President, Kamryn Smith.

The student council advisor says she's proud of the students for encouraging empathy in one another.

"It's more important, no matter what our beliefs, to know that we are in it together. We're all human and we have to come together and that was their point and I think they really got it across today," says Student Council Advisor, Leigh Walker.

Warner says hand prints, on a sign that says "Together Towards Tomorrow" symbolizes that Galileo is a family and they will stand together.

He says he wants the whole country to come together and be united.