"You probably don't even know how important this is, that you guys are bringing this to your school," said Barden. "You are a model for other students, you're a model for other schools across the country, what you're doing with this program."
Mayor Thomas Bernard has joined Pittsfield's Mayor Linda Tyer in signing onto to the principles of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition following the deadly shootings that killed more than 30 people.
Nearly 100 students walked out of Hoosac Valley High School on Wednesday morning in the bitter cold to hold a ceremony in remembrance of the 17 killed during last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
Mount Greylock Regional School junior Karen Magnusdottir McComish remembers how she felt the day the 26 people were gunned down in a Connecticut elementary school.
She never expected to have the same feelings more than five years later when 17 people were killed at a Florida high school.