Pella Community High School students have shared a letter with peers organizing local participation in the national walkout on Friday, April 20. PHS students will join the national walkout scheduled on the anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. The letter detailing the walkout was sent Monday, April 16 and is signed by five PHS students. The letter states that the goal of the walkout is to show that the students are a part of something bigger than themselves, their opinions and their political views. At 10 a.m. the students will stand in silence on the lawn in front of the main entrance of the high school for 13 seconds to remember the students killed in the Columbine shooting. The students will stand for another 17 minutes to represent the 17 lives lost during the shooting at Stoneman Douglas. PHS Principal Eric Nelson and Assistant Principal Jon Muller responded to the letter on Monday sending an email to teachers and staff – they said their primary concern was student safety, and that they would not support the walkout by altering the daily schedule but would allow students to participate per the guidelines outlined in the student letter.