East Nashville elementary-aged students chant about love, kindness during walkout

(FOX 17 News)

Elementary-aged students walked out of classes Wednesday with their Nashville charter school.

Explore Community School students from grades K-2 marched "for safety" at the same time students from across the U.S. took part in a National School Walkout.

Instructed by teachers, about 100 young students chanted messages of love and kindness as they walked to a nearby YMCA.

The school said while it falls on the same date and time as the national walkout protesting gun violence, their students would be celebrating their school community and focusing on safety.

One parent told FOX 17 News while they agree with the spirit of the movement, they do not think students K-2 should be used as "political pawns."

Other Explore parents said they with have mixed feelings about the march.

"My inclination at this point is to not have my child participate because it's a complicated issue," Alicia Mosteller said.

"I don't think it matters that much," Rebekah Mitchell said. "I trust the leadership at this school and the decisions that they make."

A view told FOX 17 News Dan Mills Elementary in Nashville also participated in the walkout.

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