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Hundreds of Iowa City students walk out, march after Florida shooting

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Hundreds of Iowa City junior high and high school students walked out of class today to march downtown in response to the Florida school shooting last week that killed 17 people.

Students were marching with megaphones and signs chanting "not one more!"

The Iowa City Community School District tells us, "Today, junior high and high school students across our district participated in a planned student walkout calling for government action to prevent school shootings.  The District applauds the engagement of students in social action and honors their free speech rights.  Students were encouraged to notify their parents if they planned to participate. "

There was no staff supervision of the walkout.

The district tells us students will not get detention for leaving campus and participating. 

The Iowa City Police Department says they got wind of the walk out on social media. 

Police vehicles could be seen patrolling the streets keeping an eye on the students and at times blocking traffic so they could safely get across the street. 

"I just feel sorry for those parents losing their child like they are so young," Sauvee Asalingwa, a City High student told us. 

For some the protest hit close to home. 

"My mom and dad have really good friends that are in Florida who were about 30 minutes away from the shooting," Nevaeh Bailey says, a South East Junior High Student. 

Dean Wortman held a sign with the names of the Florida victims listed on it. 

"Because I don't feel safe in school at this point," he says. 

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