"Are we next?"

That's what Lancaster County students participating in the National School Walkout on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, chanted as they rallied through downtown Lancaster. 

“We’re tired of seeing shootings,” said McCaskey 11th grader Alyssa Markley. “We feel like it’s way too easy to get a gun.”

Several dozen students from McCaskey and Manheim Township high schools, as well as Stone Independent School, left class and marched through Lancaster to shine a light on recent school shootings.

They joined a national movement, the National School Walkout, which, according to its website, is "protesting congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence."

At McCaskey, Principal Jay Butterfield said Friday that there were no discussions regarding administrative consequences for students participating in the march.

“These students are behaving in a civically responsible manner and they are learning,” Butterfield said of the experience.

Robin Felty, Manheim Township superintendent, sent a letter to students on Monday saying any time students spent out of class due to a walkout would be considered unexcused, which may result in disciplinary action. 

Manheim Township 11th grader Britney Miller participated in the walkout anyway.

“There’s been 25 more fatal shootings since Columbine and it’s getting a little bit ridiculous to me,” she said.

Many students said they also attended the March for Our Lives in Lancaster last month and wanted to pay respects in a similar fashion to Columbine victims.

Starting at 11:19 a.m. — the precise moment of the first shot at Columbine — a 15-minute moment of silence commenced.

Seventeen students laid just below the steps of the former courthouse on East King Street, the same number of people killed on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida.

During the hourslong demonstration, students marched to the downtown offices of state Rep. Mike Sturla and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker.

"Where's Lloyd Smucker?" they chanted. 

Their answer: at an event organized by students belonging to a group called CHS Speaks at Columbia High School. 

Participants there met at the school's west parking lot to discuss school safety, gun control and mental health.

The walkouts, along with the CHS Speaks event, were just two of the gatherings planned for Friday. 

Rally at Elizabethtown College

About a dozen Elizabethtown College students with mixed political leanings marched about a mile to Republican state Rep. Dave Hickernell's office to discuss school safety measures. 

"Even though we disagree, we're still able to join together and have a discussion," Elizabethtown student and rally organizer Bekah Smith said, "and through discussion come to some conclusion that would have the most well-rounded results."

They then returned to campus where for about two hours spent the day rallying outside of Brossman Commons. 

The rally included student speakers, voter registration, a table to assist in calling lawmakers, notes and instructions on creating origami hearts for shooting victims, student musicians and a community art project. 

Day of Action against Gun Violence

At Millersville University, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who with Gov. Tom Wolf recently started the Pennsylvania Task Force for School Safety, was one of several guests at a daylong Day of Action against Gun Violence. 

Other presenters who joined Millersville students and faculty included U.S. Congressional candidate Jess King; Lancaster city councilman Ismail Smith Wade El; Manheim Central High School student Taylor Enterline, who helped organize a town hall last month to discuss gun violence in schools; Means On Wheels Executive Director and former Lancaster mayoral candidate Kevin Ressler; faith leaders and others. 

Sit-in at Smucker's office

At 4 p.m., six students -- Ashton Clatterbuck, Sofia Masciale-Walmer and Olivia Shumaker, of Lancaster Mennonite; Corinne de Syon and Hannah Biles, of McCaskey; and Julia Young, of Penn Manor High School -- staged a sit-in at Smucker's Lancaster office. 

Currently happening outside of congressman @RepSmucker office! #NationalSchoolWalkout#ChangeIsHere @Everytown @Ryan_Deitsch @MattxRed @davidhogg111 @JaclynCorin pic.twitter.com/zhDBmYcaBg

— Taylor Breanna💫 (@taylorbreannaX) April 20, 2018

A student reads letters sent to @LancasterOnline editors about gun violence. “They simply wanted to go to school, but didn’t come back alive.” pic.twitter.com/bOffNXfO6y

— Junior González (@LNPjunior) April 20, 2018

17 students lay near the steps of the old courthouse on East King Street during a moment of silence on the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School. #NationalSchoolWalkout @LancasterOnline pic.twitter.com/sUMWAzSOGc

— Junior González (@LNPjunior) April 20, 2018

“Where’s Lloyd Smucker?” students chant outside his downtown Lancaster office. #NationalSchoolWalkout @LancasterOnline pic.twitter.com/38T0DCXvr6

— Junior González (@LNPjunior) April 20, 2018

I'm at Columbia High School's event about school safety, gun laws, bullying, and mental health. @LancasterOnline https://t.co/1TkQc8wfXy

— Rep. Lloyd Smucker (@RepSmucker) April 20, 2018