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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia students had expected to bring 10,000 people to the State Capitol as part of a nationwide protest against school violence. Even though the event only drew about 300 people, students said they weren't discouraged. The National School Walkout Friday was held on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre. Richmond-area students walked out of school, held a voter registration drive, then marched to the State Capitol.

(AP) - Students across the country streamed out of their schools in the latest round of gun-control activism following the February deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The protests Friday were chosen to line up with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School mass shooting in Littleton, Colorado. Students left class at 10 a.m. in each time zone to take moments of silence honoring victims of Columbine and other shootings.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A group of black ministers say they're disappointed in the response from a Virginia city's mayor to text messages the city manager's deputy sent about protesters, referring to them as "5 percenters." Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms told The Virginian-Pilot on Friday he wasn't sure an apology was needed after the Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference called for one and manager Dave Hansen to be fired.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A protester is facing charges for allegedly vandalizing the home of the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist. Court records show Patricia Hill of Lincoln, Nebraska, has been charged with misdemeanor destruction of property outside the Virginia home of NRA lobbyist Chris Cox. Alexandria Police spokeswoman Crystal Nosal said Friday the home was targeted in two separate incidents stretching back to last fall. A lawyer for the Cox family said the protests cross the line of civility.

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