Students hold national walkout one month after Florida school shooting

Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2018

Following the lead of student activists who have carried the flag for gun control since the deadly school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida, high schoolers across MA plan to join the chorus of voices calling for tougher gun laws Wednesday at events in Boston and Springfield. The group urged students to leave class at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes - one minute for each victim in the Florida shooting. The show of resistance - pushing policy priorities like banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, background checks for all gun sales, and a gun violence restraining order law to disarm potentially violent people - is the first in a string of student-led protests around the issue.

At Lawrenceburg High School, students are not being permitted to participate in a walkout.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter joined with young people at Harding High School after they walked out to demonstrate.

Harb said he is convinced that school districts would be better served spending that money to hire more school counselors, to help spot potential school shooters and prevent future tragedies.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho issued a stern warning to students taking part in the movement.

"We don't know where they're occurring and we're not asking students to notify us", he said. She has also ordered bracelets for students in remembrance of Parkland that can later be sold as a fundraiser in the event they don't arrive by Wednesday.

Students at Columbia Gorge Community College campuses in Hood River and The Dalles will also walk out at 10 a.m. today.

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At least 3,000 schools have organized rallies, protests or other memorials to the Parkland victims.


"I just want people to get the message that guns is not really the answer to anything", Ahmad said. Case instructors said 150 or more students will line a sidewalk along a nearby road, carrying posters with the names of Parkland victims.

William Henry Harrison High School students are among those participating in the ENOUGH National School Walkout, a nationwide demonstration calling for lawmakers to pass tighter gun laws.

Cohen said elementary students in her district will hold peace circles and talk about what makes them feel safe.

"When you're sitting on the couch and you see this kind of stuff happen in other states, it's like well there's nothing we could do about it, but when it's so close to us, it's hard for us to sit here and think it'll never happen to us, because they were thinking the same thing", Byrd said.

Parents, students and even school officials have been waiting for this day with anticipation and wondering: Can students be punished for walking out?

"However, disruptive or disorderly behavior, leaving campus, and/or not returning to class in a timely fashion, will result in disciplinary consequences ..."

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