About 100 students from Lincoln High School gathered Wednesday morning near the football stadium for what leaders called an "informational" event, with the focus on how to become politically active and how to be heard on the issue of gun violence.

"I feel like the older generation views us as radicals," said 18-year-old senior Nikkie Villagrana, a leader of the rally, which was held one month to the day after the recent tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida. "That's why we wanted to have an organized protest."

Three weeks earlier, a larger group of Lincoln High students held a rally that spilled off the campus and through the surrounding area.

"After seeing how the last one went we decided we wanted to make (Wednesday's gathering) more informational instead of just being loud and making noise," said another Wednesday organizer, 17-year-old senior Mana Shooshstari.

There were no signs, posters or protest chants Wednesday at Lincoln. Instead, the students who participated in Lincoln's version of National Walkout Day were presented with information on how to register to vote and were told of an app, Capitol Call, that makes quick work of contacting elected officials.

It was a much different scene than one day earlier, when the school held a lockdown drill.

"Kids were rushing to classrooms," Villagrana said. "Doors were locked. It was scary. You never know what day could be your last."

Just as in society at large, the student body at Lincoln High is divided over gun rights, Shooshtari said. But the students with diverging views have been able to coexist, she added.

"We have students who are very far, far left and we also have students who are far, far right," Shooshtari said. "I know some students who are pro-NRA and pro-Second Amendment and want no gun-control legislation. They were kind of disappointed (in Wednesday's walkout) but they weren’t very vocal about it. They were very respectful of our First Amendment rights just as we are very respectful of their First Amendment rights. I think at Lincoln we are very lucky to have that good balance of students being able to respect each other’s opinions."

Students gathered not only at Lincoln High but also at adjoining Sierra Middle School. Lincoln Unified Superintendent Tom Usland characterized the Sierra event as "an organized, productive parade."

"We had a student-led meeting last week to brainstorm positive ways students could express themselves during the 17 minutes," Sierra Principal Scott Tatum said. He said more than 200 kids walked.

At Lincoln High, Principal Terry Asplund, who watched from a distance, praised his school's students afterward for the tenor of their 17-minute gathering, one minute to pay tribute to the lives of each of the 17 students and staff members killed in Florida on Feb. 14.

"It was exactly what we'd hoped for — respectful and instructive. The kids had the right mindset and conducted themselves in a great manner," Asplund said.