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Grand Rapids schools calls National School Walkout 'teachable moment'

Terry High School students stand outside to protest black history month event cancelled at school Source WLBT Terry High School students stand outside to protest black history month event cancelled at school Source WLBT
Kayla Schwartz | 06 March, 2018, 09:27

Virginia Beach Schools officials emphasized that students aren't allowed to leave school property during the instructional day, and for security reasons, parents and community members can't take part in demonstrations at school.

Scott Police say that two students noticed a gun box in a duffle bag in a locker room at the school. Superintendent Curtis Rhodes said in the statement, adding that any participants will be suspended for three days. McCoy said due to the frequency of school shootings, she has anxiety going to school and often thinks about how she can protect her 16-year-old brother.

The Women's March's Youth EMPOWER group planned the national school walkout on March 14 where teachers, students, administrators, parents and supporters alike are encouraged to walk out for 17 minutes - one for every person killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Students are using social media including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to organize the march and rally support for the survivors and for more gun control legislation, including actions that have been voluntarily taken by some retailers.

"Our walkout is planned to last 1,606 seconds to symbolize the 1,606 school shootings that have taken place in this country since Sandy Hook", the statement said. She and others recounted stories of students from other schools sneaking into the building during lunch periods and attempting to blend in with Elyria High students.

"That's unacceptable", Carlomagno said, insisting that the scheduled 10 a.m. walkout was the best way to show solidarity with the national protests. These include the Spring Independent School District in Texas, the Waukesha School District in Wisconsin and the Needville Independent School District also in Texas.

"Will [the protests] be a topic of conversation?"

The district has not commented further on the walkouts except to reiterate the need to prioritize safety. The student was removed from the area.

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"Students will be allowed to go up and ask questions about regulations and discuss ways to combat the problem", she said. I appreciate all of your concerns and thoughts about instructional time, and I assure you that we are working to make sure the loss of classroom instruction is minimized.

Stafford said there have been some suggestions from those in support of the walkouts that they would be no different than fire drills.

"First and foremost, I want to emphasize this is voluntary for students and staff, and we are requesting parents/guardians to please complete the enclosed permission slip as an "opt-in" to grant your student permission to participate in these activities, " Neal wrote.

"It's not the same thing at all, from a security and safety standpoint".

"They were very open to hearing student opinions", Patterson said.

This is a developing story and the Daily Journal will bring more details as they become available.

The shootings also hit home for Carlomagno, who grew up in Broward County, Fla., where Parkland is located. Simply being able to identify who are Elyria students and who are not is key in an emergency, but it's something that can fall by the wayside in a school of friends.

Avon Lake's Higly said the experience has taught her a lot.

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