The gunshots that killed 14 students and three teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a month ago reverberated through the mid-Hudson and across the nation Wednesday.

For 17 minutes, one for each Parkland, Fla., victim, local students stood vigil in school hallways or on the cold sidewalks outside. Police blocked entrances. Schools pushed visitors and media to the edge of school property, where handfuls of parents watched with pride, or worry, or both.


NEW PALTZ - Monique Heenan of New Paltz peered through the chain link fence around the New Paltz Middle school grounds, watching as her daughter, Maggie, 13, stood with more than 100 other students in the cold wind in front of the school for 17 minutes. She said she was proud of her.

“When I asked her, she said, ‘Absolutely, I’m going to do it.’ And I was glad,” the mom said. “And I know that she felt there was power in forcing the administration and the staff to let the kids take control of these 17 minutes. “

Superintendent Maria Rice said she was at the high school where 200 students joined in the walkout.

"The students were very respectful. It was not just an excuse to get out of school," she said. "What happened today was remarkable."


GOSHEN - About 200 Goshen High School students rallied in front of their building. Zachary Constantine, the Goshen student body president, talked about a student who had left Goshen when he was in elementary school and is now a Stoneman Douglas freshman. That student told Constantine how he was saved by a teacher who shielded him. That teacher was killed by gunfire.

“He said that his hope is for this to never happen again,” Constantine said.

The students rallied in front of school for speeches and a brief concert. Some students at the Goshen rally carried signs reading “Enough is Enough” and “Fear has no Place in our Schools.”


NEWBURGH - Newburgh Free Academy main campus seniors Anthony Myers and George Peguero described the Florida shooting as “horrible."

“Innocent kids, just going to school to learn, and something like this happens,” Peguero said.

The shooting inspired them to join roughly two dozen other NFA students for Wednesday’s walkout.

Multiple events took place around the Newburgh school district: an indoor sit-in at NFA main; town halls; moments of silence; and a “walk-up,” in which students at GAMS introduced themselves to 17 other students.

Peguero was also hosting students at his house later in the day to talk about the shooting and the NFA protest.

“Gun control is our only answer at this moment,” Myers said. “Our lives are in danger.”


MONTICELLO - At Monticello High School, 18 students participated in a walkout, according to Superintendent Tammy Mangus.

The students who participated brought in notes from their parents, which allowed them to participate without violating the district's code of conduct and without disrupting education, Mangus said.

Otherwise, students would have been subject to discipline.

In the weeks leading up to the walkout, the school’s student government approached administrators to create a plan, which led to the permission notes, according to Mangus.

She praised the students for being proactive in their approach and working with the school.

“I think it showed them to be amazingly, amazingly prepared and forthright in the message they were trying to share,” Mangus said.

Staff writers Paul Brooks, Leonard Sparks, Richard J. Bayne and Matthew Nanci contributed to this report.