Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Should students be punished for participating in the national walkout?

New York area students join nationwide walkout to protest gun violence WATCH LIVE: Students walk the walk in support of tough gun laws
Laurie Berry | 19 March, 2018, 14:41

Walkouts occurred in Gillette, Cheyenne, Rock Springs, Rawlins, Cody, Riverton, Lander and Jackson. Blair warned that a student eating lunch alone, or one who is constantly disrupting class "could likely be our next shooter". Some even marched to the courthouse carrying signs.

Ava Olson, a freshman at Cheyenne's East High, attended the demonstration there wearing an orange shirt, on which she'd written "Me next".

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"It seems that it's not a guarantee to be safe in our own schools", he said. "We stand together, with each other and for each other, we will stand". As students, we want more than just a conversation about the issue of gun violence; we want action. "It changed how I felt about coming to school every morning". Those students could face detention or suspension for violating the school's disciplinary code of conduct, according to the Centre Daily Times. The same was true for students at Valparaiso High School in northern Indiana.

The protest across town at East High took quite a different approach. They placed 17 empty desks in a circle, each with an orange carnation resting on top. While leaving the property, the students was seen walking backwards, continuing to hold up the sign. She urged people to write letters to Congress seeking stricter gun control. The ENOUGH National School Walkout was created to serve as a watershed moment for legislators to take action, especially since teens will soon be eligible to vote. "I don't know why people would do it, but it's really upsetting", North Bend High School student Jonathan Flood said.

"I believe that this shows them, we're here".

Students and faculty gathered after the walkout to share how they want to see gun laws reformed.

For better or worse, Perri said, he was struck by how quickly the student protests have gained momentum.

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Student organizers for the walkout at Pascagoula High School said they are very proud of so many of their peers came out to support this cause.

"The people in charge, the elders in charge right now, have control of our future and they're kinda messing it up", said 16-year-old junior Raizel McNally. "It could have happened here". The silence was broken up only by the occasional short speech from some of the assembled students. They brought out signs saying, "Gun Violence is an Epidemic" and "Thoughts and Prayers Don't Save Lives".

"The primary goal of the walkout was a remembrance of the 17 lives that were lost due to Parkland", Watts said. "This is something I will go to the ends of the Earth for". Then they started trickling back into class.

"A school walkout would not only be a major safety concern, but a disruptive event to the educational process for all students", Steele said in a call and email to district parents. "Swift action was taken by school security and [police] to address the situation". "Therefore, we do not support this protest, and our expectation is that students will remain in the building, as we are unable to provide the same level of safety outside in an open area".

After the poem, the organizers of the walkout read the names of the 17 people who were killed in the February 14 shooting and then held a moment of silence for those victims. It was a bomb threat, just days later, at Woodside Elementary School in nearby Topsham.

Arbor Prep High School in MI participated in Walk Up by giving students 17 sticky notes to leave messages to "brighten someone's day".

"We are the voices the adults try to silence and ignore". And Principal Brad Kincheloe gave them the option of meeting after school for group or individual conferences, as well as an opportunity to provide a written explanation about their decision. "When you look at it from a high schooler's point of view, it's never that a shooting happened in this other place, it's that somebody shot up a school".

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