Bixby, BA, Tulsa students walk out as schools across country protest gun violence

Students at Nathan Hale High School walked out of class Wednesday, March 14 to protest gun violence exactly one month after the Parkland shooting. Students across the country participated in similar demonstrations. (KTUL)

Students at multiple Green Country schools took part in a nationwide protest Wednesday.

Students at schools in Tulsa, Bixby and Broken Arrow walked out of class to protest gun violence and show solidarity, hoping to force lawmakers to consider changing gun laws. The protest comes exactly one month after a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school, killing 17 people.

Mollie Montgomery organized the walk out at Nathan Hale High School.

“It’s just very important to me that I don’t die at school," she said. "Those kids were my age. I could never think about losing my life at my age. I love my life and I love my family and I love my friends. To think about something as horrible as that happening here, it’s so scary and I don’t want that to happen. I don’t want anyone to go through that.”

The principal for Bixby High School sent out a message to parents Tuesday that if students leave class, they will be counted absent. However, administrators will provide a safe place for students to go during the protest.

Hale High School's principal, Sheila Riley said she did not count her students absent.

“Our students will receive no repercussions for exercising their first amendment rights," she said.

Just last week there was a shooting near their school putting Hale on lockdown.

“I think that makes it very real," said Riley.

Another reason Montgomery said this walk out is not a joke.

"We’re not going to let it quiet down," she said. "We’re going to keep the conversation going and by the end of it things will change.”

Similar demonstrations occurred throughout the day at Broken Arrow High School and at Tulsa Public Schools, including Nathan Hale High School, Edison High School, Rogers High School, Carver Middle School and Eliot Elementary.

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