Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Albemarle schools prep for gun violence walkout

Student walkouts expected March 14 | Tags D200 National School Walkout Women's March Youth Empower
Ben Pena | 08 March, 2018, 18:26

DE 105.9's Rob Petree reached out to other school districts in Sussex County who have yet to respond with an official statement as to what they plan to do regarding the protest.

Students at Central and Centennial high schools are planning a protest for next week. This is a national, student-powered initiative, meant to spark action to keep our schools and our communities safe from gun violence.

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade paid a surprise visit to students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, writing on Twitter that he is "looking forward to being more involved in the change that they will create" after a shooting at the school last month left 17 dead.

Some schools are not recognizing the walkout and plan to discipline students who participate, reports USAToday. "They are still working out details".

Dover High juniors Parker Colby, 17, and Ryan Long, 16, do not plan to walk out.

Superintendent Terry Bouck said the district's top priority is the safety of students.

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"In effect, they become literally the elite of officers", said Perez, who was not present at Tuesday's board meeting. He added students should be allowed to participate in the democratic process to display their opinions within an instructional, non-disruptive experience.

Bouck said students will be instructed to go to a specific area, where they will be supervised for the duration of the event.

Women's March Youth EMPOWER, a local group established in 2016, and the St. Croix Political Action Network (SPAN), are calling on students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in the national school walkout for 17 minutes, in honor of the 17 lives taken in the tragedy in Florida.

School divisions now are making plans and accommodations for students who want to participate, although several are finalizing details. "So I just say thank you". "But we need to help elevate those opportunities and make sure people know there are solutions that can be engaged immediately". "However, these students will be marked as having an unexcused absence from class", said school leaders in the letter.

"Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that addressed the public health crisis of gun violence. You can ask the students to use this walkout to remember all those innocent people that have been victims, but don't even try to say that this is not about gun control".

On March 24, children and adults across the nation will march in support of ending gun violence and mass shootings.

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