Twitter Commends Student Who Showed up to Protest Alone

Earlier in the morning, the teen spoke with classmates about the walkout, but they didn't seem to know about it, he said.

Blackman says he set an alarm for 9:58 a.m.

He says when he got outside, he was surprised to be standing alone but wasn't deterred to act. They didn't really get into it too much. "No one really said anything".

"I prayed for the ones that died", he said.

He documented his walkout on Twitter, saying that "only six people" will be watching his 28-second video.

"Its National Walkout Day. No one here, but me", he tells the camera.

Filmmaker and A Wrinkle In Time director Ava DuVernay retweeted Blackman's video with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy".

Walkouts were scheduled to last at least 17 minutes to mark the 17 lives lost after a gunman opened fire February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

"She was telling me about how she really liked what I did". "I'm inspired by you for being a leader", she tweeted at him, "Every little thing makes a difference".

Justin says he hopes the USA enacts stricter gun laws or places someone in schools to protect students.

Blackman, 16, said he was the only student out of hundreds at Wilson Preparatory Academy to participate in Walkout Day on Wednesday.

Blackman said his Spanish teacher let him leave class without a word but other students protesting across the country faced penalties from their administrators. "I told her it was no big deal and I would want someone to do it if it was this school, God forbid", he said.

"We are always looking and focused on our students being independent thinker, and that's what that scholar is".

Blackman shared notes of support and encouragement and traded tweets with journalists, think tanks and fellow student activists.

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