As response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL last month, a group of Boonville High School students participated in the nationwide walk-out on Wednesday, March 14 to protest school violence.
The student demonstration occured prior to school hours near the flagpole on the Gene Reagan Field where students stood hand-in-hand, silently for 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 lives lost in the mass shooting. Boonville High School administrators also allowed students to engage in the demonstration by sitting-in during their assigned lunch times and writing letters, amongst other activities, to Parkland High School and others impacted in the tragedy.
“I heard heard a lot of my friends talking about it and saw a lot of posts about it and I thought is was something that was important, especially right now and was a chance for kids to experience something that was just a good thing to support,“ said Imoen Guest, the 16-year-old BHS junior who organized the walkout.
The walk-out was organized by Guest, whose preferred name is Diarmuid, after viewing social media posts, watching personal accounts from students impacted by the mass shooting and the public backlash to student walk-outs. Guest consulted BHS Principal Tim Edwards who approved the demonstration if it did not interfere with classroom instruction and occured in a secure area like Gene Reagan Field. 
More than 25 Boonville students participated in the demonstration prior to the school day while thousands of students, nationwide, engaged in 17-minute walk-outs during school hours.
“We were standing in a circle in silence holding hands and thinking about all the lives lost that day and the countless other lives lost in school shootings. I looked around and counted, each hand I was holding could of been one of the 17,” said Annabel Carter, one of the students who participated in the BHS walk-out.
As the national student walkouts focused upon demanding political action against firearm violence in schools, like the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School, the Boonville walkout demonstrated more broadly against school violence, as a whole. 
“I think a lot of times, kids are afraid to do things like this,” concluded Guest, “But, if we show them you can stand up for something like being against gun violence or being against violence, in general, then it’s a good topic to support.”