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Rural schools to participate in school walkout

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DODGEVILLE (WKOW) --- Dozens of walkouts are happening across the state and in Dodgeville where students are putting politics aside and taking a stance to make a difference. "The purpose of doing this is out of solidarity, for the victims, this is not political," said Lauren Dochnahal.

Students are gearing up for a day they say they'll never forget."Our Dodgeville High School is being a part of it and it's cool because when you get older we can say I was a part of that,” said Anna Gleichauf.

For others like Mazie Baldus she said it’s something they can participate in instead of sitting back and watching other schools.

"It's hard for us as teens to hear things on the news and feel like we can't do anything about it."

A peaceful protest in this small town is shedding light on school shootings, but the focus is to remember the lives lost at Stoneman Douglas High School a month ago from Wednesday. In a town like Dodgeville, students say views on guns may be different than others but this march is putting gun talk aside.

"Our country's political state right now is very tense, emotions are running very high, said Dochnahal. “We're not here to offend anyone, that's not what we’re trying to do. We are keeping guns, weapons, out of the discussion for this walkout.”

Gleichauf says there are many families that have guns at home, but this march is not about politics.

"Guns are really common around here and it’s a touchy subject around this area compared to say Madison where it's more urban"

Students are planning to walkout 10:08 A.M. That's the time shots rang out at Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, FL. on February 14th. Students will march for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives that were lost.

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