CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Students at a local school staged a big walkout Friday afternoon during class time to raise awareness about gun violence and show their support to victims, including those at the University of Virginia.

At 1:15 p.m. Friday, every student at Buford Middle School gathered in the school's parking lot to spend three minutes in silence.

A few students spoke to their friends and expressed how they feel about what happened on Sunday at UVA and the need to stop gun violence.

"It's really sad that we are not able to go out and worry about if we are going to get shot or not or something may happen to us," said student Charles Bailey.

He says it’s scary to think that something horrific can happen at any time and in any place.

When asked about what he wants to see changed, he mentioned the recent hoaxes at different schools. He wishes everyone would stop making jokes about threats online and take them seriously.