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Some students in Hawaii schools, will walk out of their classrooms to protest gun violence Wednesday morning

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HONOLULU -

Students across the country, including Hawaii, is expected to walk out of their classrooms Wednesday morning to protest gun violence. 

The national walk out will last 17 minutes, one minute for each life lost in the Parkland Florida school shooting last month. 

Earlier today, Island News spoke with students as they made signs for the national walk out.

The walkout, which is both a memorial and a protest starts at 10 a.m.
 
This school's walkout was organized by a student and says she has been sending out emails making sure students are ready and educated on both gun violence and what's being done already across the country.  

It's not just students participating but teachers and staff as well.

The students at St. Andrews say they'll hold a vigil in the front park to honor those who died.

Afterward, those who want to participate will march to the State Capitol with signs to ask legislators to protect Hawaii's schools. 

Students say they're participating to show they have a voice.

"We're really the ones being harmed, and we can't vote, we can't elect people to the legislature to make that difference so really protesting and marching is our only way to really show that we don't want guns. So, hopefully by doing this, we're able to catch the attention of legislators and make sure that it doesn't happen again," Olivia Stoetzer, St. Andrews Schools student organizer said. 

The Department of Education's Superintendent Christina Kishimoto says schools are considering creating designated walk-out areas on campus, where they can share ideas for improving campus safety, security and culture. 

More than 2,500 walkouts are planned across the country.

Another student-led walkout is scheduled for April 20.