MONTCLAIR, NJ - Students throughout Montclair High School sat in the hallways on Thursday for 13 minutes to pay tribute to the 13 students who lost their lives in the Columbine High School shooting 20 years ago.

“We took this action because too many lives have been lost as the stain of bloodshed has spread to schools and communities across America,” said Will Novak ’20.  “Not enough has been done to avoid further acts of gun violence or to ensure the safety of students. We have to remember those whose lives were lost as we fight for better gun laws and safer schools.”

On April 20, 1999, two students killed 12 of their classmates and one teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.  Since the Columbine tragedy, 143 people have been killed in mass shootings at a number of schools across the country, including Virginia Tech University, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“I’m protesting today because our lives are supposed to grow from here, not end.   The time has come to support gun reform, and that time is now,” said Estella Barrian ’19.