National School Walkout: What you need to know

  • National School Walkout: What you need to know

National School Walkout: What you need to know

The walkout is in response the mass shooting a month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead.

The walkout will take place on Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m. local time, and last for 17 minutes to honor the lives of those killed at Stoneman Douglas.

And one even requires students to write a letter to their legislator.

The Burlington School District issued a statement last week expressing its support of what has become a national movement. "This is not something that makes them feel safe", Orange County District 3 School Board member Linda Kobert said. Students, staff, and building administrators have collaborated on plans. But there is no guarantee other schools won't take a different tact.

Sarah Douglass said they have also planned to collect money for the victims at lunch. It is optional, and will probably not include the students from the elementary school on Walnut Avenue, although she said some fifth- or sixth-graders might attend. "The money that we collect we will send to the school for them to use for the manner in which they feel is best", Bailey said.

"The involvement of these kids, the involvement of these parents - I don't remember a time when parents had to put their children in the ground and then immediately become lobbyists instead of being allowed to grieve", Moskowitz said. For instance, the district said high school and middle school students will have the option to participate in a rally promoting school safety.

"While students, staff members, parents and community members have been deeply moved by the recent tragedies in schools throughout the country, there are widely held and differing opinions about how the nation should react". Others are planning to go into Bristol, to continue the demonstration.

Green said he will be deliberating with student leaders to finalize Wednesday's events. "We understand that some students may decide to exercise their First Amendment rights and thereby express their views on this topic".

"Specifically, students who leave the school building without authorization would face an unexcused absence, which could affect their ability to participate in extracurricular activities or to make up missed classwork", he wrote.

But, Kimball said, engaging in civil activism that comes with consequences is part of the lesson.

"The students are concerned, and they're trying to bring attention to something that's important to them", St. Joseph High School Principal Greg Blomgren said. "Should negative/disruptive behavior occur, such as walk-outs during the school day, the Fayette County Student Code of Conduct remains in place and will be enforced accordingly". In that case, students don't have a lot of recourse, since schools generally have the discretion to schedule tests when they want to. You will clearly see in the release below that was sent out guns were not mentioned.

The Women's March Youth claims to be the overall organizer for the event, which protests gun violence. "That is exactly what this is". But they can't punish students just because the district doesn't like the brand of politics that powers the protests. "This is a powerful teachable moment". The county said, "while the school district supports the rights of students to demonstrate peacefully and respectfully, this event encourages a violation of campus security protocols that our schools can not facilitate". Some activities include registering to vote, writing letters to Congressmen about gun violence, lighting 19 candles in remembrance of the victims and writing letters to teachers, students and victim's families involved in the school shootings.

Afraid she might not come home from school one day, Oldham County High School freshman Ani Tapp is planning to stand up for herself and her peers.

March 14, the day of the student demonstration, is the day police say Jack Sawyer, a former Fair Haven student, had chosen for his own mass-shooting.

Fair Haven students have not talked about demonstrating, Addison-Rutland Superintendent Brooke Olsen-Farrell said.