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Mayor joins hundreds of Minneapolis students on anti-gun violence march

They marched on City Hall calling for gun control to keep them safe.

Hundreds of students from Minneapolis schools left class Wednesday and marched to City Hall to deliver a simple message: We're afraid.

They're afraid for their safety at school following the horrific slaughter of 17 at a high school in Parkland, Florida a week ago, and on Wednesday demanded that their fears be taken seriously and met with action on guns.

Students from several Minneapolis high schools were involved in the walkout, which saw some gather in MLK Park in Tangletown, before marching more than 5 miles in the cold to Minneapolis City Hall.

It was there they addressed a 2:30 p.m. meeting of the city council.

High schools involved included Southwest, Washburn, South High, Roosevelt and De La Salle. 

And joining students on the march up Nicollet Avenue was Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who was heard joining in chants including "NRA is not ok."

A statement issued by Minneapolis Public Schools said it will not discipline students for taking part in the demonstrations, though it would prefer to know where its students are during school hours.

It also expressed support for the reasons they're marching.

"What’s become clear is these tragedies occur too often, and something has to change," it said. 

"There are no easy answers, but it’s time for our country to have a real conversation about how to move forward to protect our students and teachers. It’s been profound to see that conversation being led by students."

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Gov. Mark Dayton pledged $1,000 of his own money to a GoFundMe account to help Minnesota students attend another demonstration planned in Washington D.C. next month.

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