Pennsbury High School was among hundreds of schools across the country that participated in Wednesday's unprecedented 17 minute student-led nationwide School Walkout to bring attention to the issue of mass school shootings and to honor the memory of the 17 who perished in Florida on February 14.
The House of Representatives voted 407-10 to fund violence prevention measures at schools including boosting security, mental health screening and creating anonymous reporting systems so students can report threats.
During the final minute, students fell silent as Giunta read the names of the 17 people killed in Parkland.
Ari Laura Kreith stated in a message that she had hoped to see a bigger crowd outside in support, but later she added that when she stopped at a local coffee shop and spoke to some people, she realized most had no idea of what was going on. A student walked out without saying a word peacefully put up his sign which said "guns don't kill people, people kill people" he was escorted off the property by our principal and threatened to be put into a police auto.
Locally, students assembled safely on their respective school campuses during the event.
"There was a sense that yes it happened at a different school, but it could have just as easily happened at our school, we could have been the school experiencing that tragedy", Deitz-Green told JTA over the phone.
"We teach our students to be independent thinkers", Janet Conner-Knox, who handles public relations for Wilson Preparatory Academy. told CNN.
Cardinal Ritter College Prep, a Catholic urban high school in St. Louis, participated in an organized school event.
"The power of prayer can work miracles", said Gina Wright.
The rally was voluntary, and Mezzanote said students would not receive disciplinary consequences as long as they complied with the expectations set by the administration.
Some students - mostly freshmen and sophomores - made their way out of the school through the main lobby entrance by the flagpole, while a majority of students walked through the school, past the main office, behind the cafeteria and out of the south side of the building. Some students held signs with the faces of the students and staff who died in Florida. Robinson and his family have lost two sons to gun violence in recent years.
The Gun Owners Action League calls the bill cruel in terms of civil rights and also unsafe to the public.
Before classes began, students, parents and community members gathered together at the high school's flagpole to share a common belief.
Justin says when he went back inside after the 17-minute protest, his fellow students promised to walk out during next month's protest on April 14.
In many cases they promoted unity and honored the 17 victims from Parkland.
"I think it's really important", commented one student participant.
Stoneman Douglas High senior David Hogg, who has emerged as one of the leading student activists, livestreamed the walkout at the tragedy-stricken school on his YouTube channel.
In a wave of protests one historian called the largest of its kind in American history, tens of thousands of students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to demand action on gun violence and school safety.