Students at a Michigan school where a mass shooting took place show their support for Uvalde

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Oxford High School students hug each other during Thursday’s strike. Image: Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press via AP

OXFORD, Michigan — Hundreds of students at Oxford High School, the school in Michigan where four were killed in November, stepped out on Thursday and formed a “U” on the football field to show support for students and families in Uvalde, Texas.

“We went through the same thing. I lost a lot of friends. I thought it would be respectful to help others through this,” Andrew Sholtz told the Detroit News.

A gunman killed 19 children and two teachers this week at Robb Elementary School in Texas.

Oxford school officials knew a walkout was planned and worked to keep students safe, spokeswoman Danielle Stublensky said.

She said it was part of a nationwide effort by Students Demand Action, a group calling for changes to gun laws.

Oxford High School students walked out of class Thursday in Oxford, Michigan to show their support for the community of Uvalde, Texas, where a mass shooting occurred at an elementary school this week.

Oxford High School students walked out of class Thursday in Oxford, Michigan to show their support for the community of Uvalde, Texas, where a mass shooting occurred at an elementary school this week. Image: Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press via AP

“As a community, our hearts go out to Uvalde and we understand why some of our students have chosen to participate in the national walkout,” Stublensky said.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the Oxford school shooting. His parents were charged with manslaughter under a theory that they made a weapon accessible to Ethan Crumbley and failed to respond to signs of mental distress.

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