National Walkout at East Chapel Hill High School. Photo via Blake Hodge.

This week’s WCHL Hometown Heroes are the local high school students who organized a walkout on March 14 to raise awareness for gun violence across the country. The students, who are from Chapel Hill and Carrboro high schools, organized the walkout in response to last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

On Wednesday, they stood outside for 17 minutes, one minute for every person that was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Students also read the bios for each of the victims of the shooting, the most emotional of which came from a student who spent part of her childhood in Parkland.

As always, 97.9 The Hill WCHL’s Ron Stutts gave a breakdown of why these local students earned this week’s Hometown Heroes award.


Before the walkout, students from the community visited WCHL’s studios to talk about the process of organizing the walkout.


After the event, student organizers from different schools joined Aaron Keck to discuss the walkout and what it meant to the community.