STOW — Numerous students at Stow-Munroe Falls High School participated today in a planned nationwide movement which encouraged pupils to walk out of school for 17 minutes in memory of the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

The walkout was done despite objections from the school board, who passed 3-2 a resolution asking students to remain inside the school during the time and not leave the building. For details, see our previous story here.

Security was tight around the students participating during the high school's walkout, which started at 11 a.m. and lasted 17 minutes; there were at least three police cruisers in the school parking lot. The students congregated near the stadium, and media were kept to the student parking lot area near Graham Road.

Susan Palchesko, the principal at Kimpton Middle School, said that "a few students walked out" as a part of the National School Walkout at 10 a.m., "but it wasn't very big."

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