A group of Pennsylvania students who were punished for partaking in last week's National School Walkout served detention while sitting in a circle with their arms linked and holding signs featuring Parkland victims' names.
Administrators at Pennridge High School in Perkasie, Penn., gave detention to over 200 students who walked out of class on March 14 to protest gun violence in schools, one month after the deadly mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school.
Forty-six of the 225 reprimanded students who were slated to serve their detention on Saturday decided to turn their punishment into another gun violence protest, according to the Morning Call.
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During their weekend detention, the students linked arms and sat on the floor of their school cafeteria in a circle. Most students also wore the names of Parkland shooting victims pinned or taped to their clothing.
Footage of the silent protest quickly went viral on social media.
MY HEART IS MELTING 💔 After a Pennsylvania school issued detentions to students who walked out of school for #NeverAgain protest. 46 of #Pennridge225 served the first detention today wearing Parkland victim names& sat arms linked for the whole dententionpic.twitter.com/nVznJRRRMt
— The Hummingbird 🐦 (@SaysHummingbird) March 19, 2018
Anna Sophie Tinneny, a senior at Pennridge High School, told the Morning Call that she was responsible for organizing the protest at the detention.
"It was disappointing that our school teaches us to be like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., people who stood up for what they believed in," she told the outlet. "And they weren’t going to let us do the same."
— Anna Sophie Tinneny (@annatinn) March 17, 2018
Outside the school, members of the Perkasie community held up signs in solidarity with the punished students.