Crowd of students gather ARHS front entry 12:10 PM
Adult bystanders in front of school
After 4.5 minutes of silence the crowd, lead by a student with a bullhorn, headed toward town center chanting as they went.
APD briefly blocks town center to enable crowd to cross
The crowd snaked its way down Lessey Street and up Main Street to town center where the Amherst Police Department swooped in to block traffic for the few minutes it took to amble across the main intersection enroute to the Jones Library.
Originally a dozen students signed a statement advertising the walkout, but that was amplified prominently in this morning's Daily Hampshire Gazette, encouraging a huge response.
And, of course, the weather was hospitable.