Students at Grand Rapids West Catholic High School participated in the National School Walkout that swept the nation Wednesday, March 14.

Like some schools around West Michigan and the nation, the student body chose not to walk outside to make their statement, but rather stayed indoors for three separate prayer-led gatherings.

West Catholic has 514 students. Principal Cindy Kneibel says she estimates about half of them chose to participate in the movement.

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"It says to me that our students are very concerned about their fellow student body who they see as their brothers and sisters," said Kneibel. "They see the faces on the news in Florida and they relate to these kids, and they're very concerned about the safety for all students.

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"It also shows the importance of prayer, and praying for these students and the repose of their soul. It's also about praying for the community, and the families [the victims in Parkland, Florida] left behind."

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