Students nationwide participated in Wednesday’s National School Walkout. (Photo: MGNOnline)

Hundreds of area students walked out of class Wednesday morning to protest gun violence.

The walkout was part of a national effort to protest of inaction by Congress, according to EMPOWER, the group organizing the action.

Organizers are asking that participants walk out of school at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes—one for each person killed in the Parkland shooting.

The event took place one month after 17 people died in a mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Hamilton County school officials said that they weren’t officially endorsing a walkout but they planned for it to be done safely.

In nearby Whitfield County, school officials told students they were not allowed to leave, and it appears they did not walk out, although some told reporters they wanted to.

Some students shared with the Chattanooga Times Free Press their reasons for walking out.