North Central senior discusses political views with state senators instead of ‘walking out’

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Today marks exactly one month since 17 people were killed during a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Students across the country honored those shooting victims Wednesday by walking out of class at 10 a.m. They said they’re protesting in hopes of pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws.

Almost all of the local districts we reached out to about today's school walkout said they were expecting students to participate in some capacity.

We spoke with North Central High School senior, Susan Biederstedt, who chose not to take part in her school`s walkout. She feared it could lead to a “dangerous situation.”

Instead she met with State Senator Jim Merritt before school Wednesday to discuss what she believes lawmakers can do to prevent school shootings from happening.

Susan Biederstedt met with Senator Jim Merritt.

“I think the best way to get a message across is to meet with your political advisors at the city, state, or national level,” Biederstedt said.

Other students like Madeline Anderson, the Shortridge High School junior student body president, chose to participate in the walkout. Anderson said she wanted to show solidarity with students who feel like they don't have access to a safe school.

"Students have the right to go to school where school is a safe place, and I want to make sure that everyone has access to that. And those who don’t, we want to show solidarity with them," Anderson said.

Mary Claire Molloy at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School also participated in the walkout. Molloy said it was important for students' voices to be heard and come together as a student body.

“We marched and chanted ‘never again’ and ‘we want change’.’ I think it was an inspiring movement, and I think people will take steps to combat gun violence," Molloy said.