What the National School Walkout says about schools and free speech

What the National School Walkout says about schools and free speech

Thousands of students across the United States are planning to walk out of school Wednesday on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

The #ENOUGH National School Walkout began at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) with 17-minute walkouts planned at 10 a.m. local time in western time zones, commemorating the 17 students and staff killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.

An Ohio teenager wounded in a school shooting a year ago says he thinks it's disrespectful to victims of the February massacre in Parkland, Florida, to use that tragedy to further a particular political agenda.

"Both locally and nationally, there have been greater efforts around this walkout to involve a wider diversity of voices and experiences around gun violence.as evidenced by the way Parkland teens met with Chicago teens recently", said Sunny Pai, a Charlestown High School teacher. With today's walkouts, students want to hold lawmakers accountable for what they view as lax gun control laws. "We need safe schools", said Faith Pauken, a Lincoln High School student.

In Cary, students at Cary High School participated.

More than 300 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students have been preparing for the peaceful demonstration for weeks. He is encouraging students to stay on campus.

School administrators in Eugene, Ore., threatened to slap students who bust out of class for a demonstration with "an unexcused absence".

They said no one walking out will be disciplined or marked tardy if they're following the rules set by their individual schools.

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Carvalho is expected to join the walkout at iPrep Academy in Miami.

Student Lauren Byrd said they'll line up in 17 rows and read biographies of the victims at 10 a.m.

Students are also slated to march towards the Wisconsin Capitol.

Some students at Harrison High School say they will participate in the walkout.

Coinciding with a "national school walkout" organized by an arm of the group that led the January 2017 women's marches, MA high school students also plan to leave their classrooms at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

Students have also said they hope the movement sparks change on a local level with everyday security. The American Civil Liberties Union issued advice for students who walk out, saying schools can't legally punish them more harshly because of the political nature of their message. "When I see it happening here, it kind of scares me because I don't want America to turn into the countries where my parents and my ancestors came from".

The protests took place a day after Florida prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the Parkland attack.

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