East Hawaii students join peers nationwide and walk out in protest against gun violence

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Hilo High School students raise their hands against gun violence as they participate in National Walkout Day Wednesday on their campus in Hilo.
  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Hilo High School student organizer Lucy Ramirez

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Waiakea Intermediate School students participate in National Walkout Day Wednesday outside of campus along Puainako Street in Hilo.
  • Hilo Intermediate School students gather Wednesday in support of National Walkout Day. (Photo courtesy of Malia Staszkow)
  • Hilo High School students on Wednesday raise their hands against gun violence as they participate in National Walkout Day on their campus in Hilo.

    HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Hilo High School students raise their hands against gun violence as they participate in National Walkout Day Wednesday on their campus in Hilo.

  • Photos by HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald

    Waiakea Intermediate School students participate in National Walkout Day on Wednesday outside campus along Puainako Street in Hilo.

  • Waiakea High School students sign a banner against school violence on Wednesday during the school’s National Walkout Day event. (Photo by Kirsten Johnson)

When Teryn Tominaga and her Waiakea Intermediate School peers began organizing for National Walkout Day, she said they hoped maybe 40 or 50 of their classmates would participate.