West Liberty-Salem walk out

Why students in Clark and Champaign counties will be leaving their classrooms today

Students across the country are planning to leave their classrooms today for the second nationally organized protest against gun violence in schools.

MORE: Clark, Champaign schools discourage student walkouts, cite safety

Students in both Clark and Champaign counties are set to participate in the day.

Here are three things to know:

1. Area students are participating

The Springfield News-Sun reached out to schools in the area to see what their plans are for today.

Springfield High School is allowing students to hold an event in the gymnasium to honor victims of school shootings.

Urbana City School students plan on walking out of school today, according to a student.

2. Anniversary of the Columbine school shooting

Organizers of the protest chose today because it is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School Shooting.

MORE: Hundreds of school walkouts planned on Columbine anniversary

During the attack, 12 students and one teacher were killed and more than 20 others were injured.

The walkout is designed to remember that attack, along with the victims of the Parkland School shooting in Florida.

3. It’s the second walkout in about a month 

Some students in the area walked out of class on March 14, including about 10 West Liberty-Salem students and about 30 Springfield High School students.

West Liberty-Salem High School was the scene of a school shooting in January 2017.

MORE: West Liberty walkout students face detention,

The school handed out detentions to WLS students who walked out of school in March. Springfield City students were not punished, according to the school.

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