BOSTON (CBS) – Some local students spent Friday taking part in a national school walkout to protest gun violence.

At the Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill, students stood outside in silence for 19 minutes to recognize the Columbine shooting and all of the school shootings that have followed. Students at the Commonwealth School in Boston also gathered to protest gun violence.

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Commonwealth School students taking part in a national school walkout to protest gun violence. (WBZ-TV)

The survivors of the deadly shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are the powerful force behind this student-led movement, encouraging young people to hold elected officials accountable and promote solutions to gun violence.

“It’s not right that these kids are losing their lives to violence. We are here to be educated and to expand our knowledge,” said Brimmer and May School student Steven Ramsden. “We need a change because for this to continue to happen, it’s just not right.”

chestnut hill school protest Student Protests Against Gun Violence Mark 19th Columbine Anniversary

The day marked the 19th anniversary of the deadly shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999. (WBZ-TV)

Students all across the area joined in the nationwide walkout today, joining together and hoping to make a difference.

“It’s absolutely invigorating to know that as youth our voices are being heard, our values are being shared and that we as young people can make change,” said student Chloe Berlin.

Another similar event is planned for May 19.

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