Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Students plan nationwide walkouts for gun control laws

Students plan nationwide walkouts for gun control laws

They will walk to the gym and stay there for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the people killed in the Florida shooting. This means that now at schools when a student skips class, they might receive detention. "This is not supposed to be a political event, this is to commemorate". But there is no guarantee other schools won't take a different tact. The school "supports their rights to peaceful assembly and appropriate free expression, but that the school/system priority is about teaching and learning".

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In Mooresville, Ind., administrators met with 10 high-school student leaders to work out a plan.

"Students shouldn't feel unsafe going to school", Heckathorn said. "If this is an issue you believe in you have to do something about it".

Students from North Mason and Kitsap counties are making plans to join a nationwide walkout on Wednesday, one month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Several events have been planned in the Atlanta area.

"We are following the lead of our students", the principal said. Answers to some basic questions about this national event's local impact.

Schools will allow students to participate in the walkout. "So we created a prayer service that will last the 17 minutes the walkout is slated to last". "The NRA and then what the students are saying".

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At Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, and to a lesser extent at Morris Elementary School, he explained, there's a plan "to accommodate folks who wish to do that". Rodger Rowe - are participating. "Students are expected to attend all classes during the school day".

Students won't be punished for having their own event, "provided that activity is coordinated with the school principal", Clayton said in a text message. In case of bad weather, the march will take place in the school's gym. "We will not be disciplining or issuing consequences to any students who want to participate in the walkout". "I did not want to be faced with March 14 not knowing what that was going to look like'".

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"We have to honor all perspectives", principal Babineau said.

They say protecting schools from outside gunmen is an entirely different job from the day-to-day effort to manage school discipline so it doesn't discriminate against minority and disabled students. "We certainly don't want to be in a position of forcing them to participate if they don't feel strongly".

Others are aiming more directly at firearms. After the comment from the Spanish teacher, she said she no longer had an opinion.

The student-drafted resolution "focuses on mental health, it doesn't focus on guns", Carnes said during his March 6 presentation. "We are definitely not wanting to shut anyone out".

• Fraser Public Schools did not respond, but the Womens March Network website shows Richards Middle School is participating. Students hoped it would be a "rally for gun control".

Bonita Vista will have a lineup of student speakers. "The activity might be a reading of the victims' names, moment of silence, etc".

• Fitzgerald High School will participate.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said Trump's plan to harden schools with gun-toting teachers and more security won't make students safer. The revamped system directed educators to summon police as a last recourse, relying on law enforcement only after five successive levels of intervention had failed.

"We don't think enough people are listening". "So some teachers will accompany students" during the walkout for safety. "They know their school best and they know where their students would be safest in doing this, whether it's the parking lot, the back field or the Duffin Theater", he noted. It's probably not a big problem unless they regularly miss classes.

National demonstrations are also planned for March 24, with a march on Washington, D.C.; and on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado.

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