Appomattox students, parents holding 'Prayer at the Pole' instead of national walk out

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APPOMATTOX Co., Va. (WSET) -- Students and parents in Appomattox County are coming together next week to provide an alternative for students who don't want to participate in the planned nationwide walk out.

Parents said they want to encourage students to show kindness to everyone at school like those who might be being bullied or left out.

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So, they are holding a prayer at the pole on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:15 a.m. at Appomattox County High School.

After the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead and over a dozen injured, scores of students, many not even old enough to vote, have been pushed into a position of political leadership in the national debate over gun violence.

More than 18,000 people around the country plan to take part in the 17-minute walk out from 10 a.m. to 10:17 a.m.

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On March 24, a nation wide March for Our Lives will take place across the nation as well.

Gina Wright, who has organized the event on Facebook, said that it's nothing political, but parents and students want to show that stepping up and being kind could be just as accomplishing as walking out.

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