But when lawmakers in the statehouse declined to take up any gun legislation, the already raw emotion took an intense turn in the gallery of teenagers whose worlds were turned upside down barely a week earlier. Regardless, she said, it will involve students wearing orange, the color of the nationwide walkouts, to "show that enough is enough". The young adults were seen saying goodbye to their parents and boarding the vehicles with sleeping bags, pillows, and luggages in tow.
Alfonso Calderon is a 16-year-old junior. "Students have opinions, they say stuff that they're against guns and that gun control is necessary, but they're making it bigger than it needs to be at this moment".
The students from West Boca Raton High weren't alone in their walkout. "The goal might just be to get the ball rolling. Right now, it's kind of like a flip of positions because we're teaching them and they're going to be the students", she continued. "This could be a life mission for some of these kids".
"We're here to make sure this never happens again", Diego Pfeiffer, a senior at Douglas, told a rally that included hundreds of students from a Tallahassee high school on Tuesday after arriving at the capital. "That's what so awesome", said freshman Joey Courtney, 14.
Amanda Montgomery and her two sons were also at the vigil.
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"I've been going around talking to SRO's at schools and there has not been on SRO who hasn't said 'I need backup, '" said State Attorney General Pam Bondi.
"You're the president", he said, "You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us". "We must do more to protect our children". "Because that's what we all have at the end of the day".
Ms Cornelis' post came in the wake of a deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Unlike many other students, however, he still disagrees with a ban on AR-15s or any other weapon. The distance between the schools is about 11 miles.
Several dozen more students gathered outside Fort Lauderdale High School, holding signs with messages that included "our blood is on your hands".