Some local high school students will be participating in a walkout this week to honor the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting earlier this year.

Some local high school students will be participating in a walkout this week to honor the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting earlier this year.

Students will participate in the 17-minute event in honor of the 17 lives lost on Feb. 14. Sabrina Bartley, a senior at Shawnee High School, helped organize the proposed walkout for this week.

“My friends and I saw that there was a national walkout planned and we wanted Shawnee to participate and get involved so I decided to take some initiative,” Bartley said.

The plan is for students to quietly and respectfully walk out of class to meet up,gather outside and honor all victims of school-related gun violence.

“I feel that it is very important for us and other schools to show our support and sympathy for those who not only lost their lives in the Parkland shooting, but in all the others that have occurred over the course of the past few years,” Bartley said.

Liam Larson, senior at Shawnee High School, feels this walkout could be used as a learning tool and help spread awareness.

“This event deals with the safety of students in a learning environment. Shootings have occurred at too many schools, most recently Parkland, when they simply should not,” Larson said. “It shows solidarity with other high schools in the state and around the nation who are also participating to pay respect to the victims in Florida. If enough schools walk out, then it might turn a few of the right heads who could enact some change.”

The plan at Shawnee High School is for students to be led in a prayer by Annika Stephens, student, during the walkout.

The administration at Shawnee Public Schools confirms the students who participate in the protest peacefully and respectfully will not be punished as long as they adhere to the 17-minute time limit and do so without disrupting the school day.