Northern Students | Source: Dr. Sarruda

NBC High School students gather in between the East and West Buildings | Source: Twitter.com/NBCSuper

NBC Students gather on the Northern campus in Columbus, NJ | Source: Dr. Sarruda

COLUMBUS, NJ –

Less than 24 hours after residents in the Northern Burlington Sending District approved a $39.7 million Referendum that promises increased security, hundreds of Northern students participated in a nationwide “Walk-Out” demonstration honoring lives lost to gun violence.

NBC Superintendent Dr. Sarruda tweeted pictures Wednesday morning of local students engaging in the protest, and included a message explaining what the protests were for. This differs from other schools around the nation, some of which promised to discipline students who participated, even threatening suspension.

According to Administration, approximately 200 high school students and 200 middle school students “conducted peaceful and organized demonstrations in separate locations in a planned 17 minute time frame to pay tribute to the 17 victims of the Parkland Florida tragedy.”

Dr. Sarruda also thanked the Mansfield Police Department for an “increased presence” at today’s demonstrations.

Other schools in the area took part in today’s protests, as well as across the nation.