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'I think students are the ones that should rise up and say we can't stand for this.'

Thousands of students in Eugene and across the country will be walking out of their classrooms on Wednesday as a part of the National Walkout for Stricter Gun Laws. (Photo courtesy of the UO College Democrats).

EUGENE, Ore. - Thousands of students in Eugene and across the country will be walking out of their classrooms on Wednesday as a part of the National Walkout for Stricter Gun Laws.

The student-led walkouts are scheduled to happen at 10:00 a.m. and go on for 17 minutes, with each minute representing the 17 people who were killed in the Parkland High School mass shooting last month.

South Eugene High School student organizer, Allison Dominguez, says that sometimes you have to make a sacrifice for what you believe in.

"It's a very imminent threat to a lot of high school students," said Dominguez. "It's something that is on your mind, something that you have to worry about. So I think students are the ones that should rise up and say we can't stand for this, we don't want this to be something to worry about."

Bethel, Springfield and 4J Schools are all expected to participate.

Schools have communicated with parents about the possible participation of their child in the national walkout. At 4J schools, for example, walking out will result in an unexcused absence.

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