Why some students chose not to walk out of class

A student at Highland High School in Bakersfield, Calif., walks out of class on March 14, 2018, to rally for gun control. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Kristen Powers)

Many classrooms became empty on Wednesday as part of the national school walkout, but not everyone agreed with the message or the decision to leave class.

One student from Highland High School said she applauds her classmates for being brave and taking a stand, but she thinks walking out of class is not the right way to spread the message.

"Education is important, so I didn't really think the walkout was necessary," Desirae Corral said. "I do think you can also speak out while you're in school."

Some critics near the walkouts where spreading an opposing message.

Carl Czechowski was passing by one of the protests when he stopped.

"I think they're looking for an excuse to get out of class," Czechowski said.

Czechowski said he does not believe gun reform will stop mass shootings, like the one in Parkland, from happening.

"The kid went on the internet and said, 'I'm going to shoot up a school.' Did anybody do anything?" he said. "The FBI did nothing. All of these mistakes led to this. It had nothing to do with gun control."

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