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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of students walked out of their Detroit-area high school as part of an effort to honor victims of gun violence and create a dialogue about increasing school safety.

The protest at North Farmington High School began at 10 a.m. Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting that left 13 people dead in Littleton, Colorado. It was one of many demonstrations in Michigan and around the U.S.

The North Farmington students walked en masse, with a police escort, nearly a mile through Farmington Hills to a Methodist church, where they took part in a town hall-style meeting.

The North Farmington students carried signs honoring those killed not only at Columbine, but also in mass shootings in Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas; and elsewhere.