Local Schools Prepare For National Walkout

March 13, 2018

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Tomorrow (March 14, 2018) will mark the one month anniversary of the Parkland school shooting and to mark this tragic anniversary, thousands of school and college students are planning to wear orange and participate in a 17 minute walkout tomorrow starting at 10am, one minute for each Parkland victim. The #ENOUGH National School Walkout is in conjunction with the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who have taken to television, radio, and social media to declare their intention to change America's gun control laws. Alachua County schools aren’t endorsing local student participation but has set up protocols for schools to follow including designated supervised safe zones on each campus for students to assemble. The Levy County School Board issued an email to parents that said board policy makes “students subject to disciplinary action that participate in boycotts, walkouts, sit-ins, strikes or any similar disruptive action.” Marion County public schools are on spring break during this event. Many universities have made statements about admissions of high school students who participate in the organized protest that all appear to offer the same explanation as the University of Florida spokesperson Steve Orlando made recently He said peaceful protesting would likely not have a negative impact on admissions and as with all admissions review each student's record on a case-by-case basis. There are more events planned in the coming weeks including the March 24, March for Our Lives, which will take place in Washington, D.C. There is also another school walkout planned by the Women’s March organizers on April 20.

SOURCE: Gainesville Sun, Chiefland Citizen, Men's Health, Time

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