'It's ridiculous and painful': London students speak out after U.S. school shooting

More than 120 students at H.B. Beal Secondary school left their classrooms and walked out of their school on Wednesday morning in the name of solidarity and to protest school shootings in the United States.

Students at H.B. Beal Secondary School and Lord Roberts Public School stage walk-outs

Students at H.B. Beal Seconday School walked out of their classrooms today at about 10 a.m. in honour of the Florida school shooting victims. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

More than 120 students at H.B. Beal Secondary school left their classrooms and walked out of their school on Wednesday morning in the name of solidarity.

They stood outdoors for 17 minutes in honour of the 17 victims who were killed last month in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

"It doesn't matter where you are in the world, these things will affect you in some type of way, shape or form. I think that you should be able to have a voice," said Brianne Nariwonczyk, who's rallying for tougher gun control laws.

"If I was across the border, it could've easily been my friends ripped out of my arms. That's really scary to think about. This isn't right," she said.

Libby Campbell carried one of 17 posters showing the names and photos of the shooting victims.

"It's kind of scary, knowing that I might be a whole country away but knowing that I was also at school just like they were," said Campbell, who has family and friends that live in Florida.

"It hurts to think that these people have to deal with this every single day of their lives, stand in fear knowing people get shot. It's ridiculous and painful."

More walkouts planned

Students carried posters showing the names and photos of the victims. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Students at Lord Roberts Public School also walked out on Wednesday.

Co-organizer Lily Ryan, 13, said she was hit hard by the shootings. She thinks Canadian students have a role to play in speaking out against gun violence. 

"We think that students should be able to go to school and not worry about their safety. It seems like politicians in the U.S. are protecting gun laws above kids, and that's really wrong," she said.

Similar walkouts have been held across the United States.