Students across mid-Michigan plan school walkouts to protest gun violence

A group of Greely High School students led by Anna Raley center is planning a walkout Wednesday as part of the nationwide protest against gun violence following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a high school in Parkland Fla. From left are Clarissa C

Although the Lafayette Parish School Board voted to reverse the superintendent's plan, which would have allowed students to participate in different activities to honor the dead, some students still plan to walk out.

In the wake of last month's math shooting at a Florida high school, students across the country plan to walk out of their classrooms on Wednesday in protest of gun violence.

Wednesday, March 14 will be a large student movement across the country.

"There was a really strong desire in our school community for distinct action that we could take to advocate for changes to make us safer in our schools and communities", Kaplowitz said.

But that doesn't't mean students aren't getting a chance to voice their concerns.

The official 17 minute walkout will start at 10:10am and we will remain outside for the following 17 minutes until 10:27am.

"It's not political at all".

Through speaking on topics such as "YO let it GO" and "All People Matter" and creating contests like MyHelpList, Alexander teaches students to practice empathy. Instead of protesting, some students will form a circle outside the school as a symbol of unity, the New Ulm Journal reports.

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WHO? We invite all students who are interested in showing their solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to walkout of class.

At Minnesota State University, students are gathering near the fountain outside the Centennial Student Union from 10-10:30 a.m.

"The kids planning this event are very involved in school and in no way want this to be disruptive", she said. The flier notes: "This event is not in protest of guns".

They're inviting all Mankato area community members to join them in the March for our Lives on Saturday, March 24. Students want to know what their rights are and how much schools can discipline them for a peaceful protest. "I didn't expect safety to constitute so much of student concern, and this academic year I didn't expect so much fear, but after August 12, it's been a main concern".

Scholl said their protests are targeted at elected policymakers, not at their school administrators, whom they believe are doing their best within current law and resources to keep them safe.

"I wish I could say the students are unfettered".

Students who participate in the April walkout will receive an unexcused absence, their principal has informed them. This is not a political/partisan walkout, but rather an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the students of Parkland, Florida. "I definitely think that having other students who were younger than us be vocal definitely helped us". "For people in my generation, it seems to us that there are many more mass shootings than when we were growing up, but there's a growing awareness of how many types of gun violence occur and how they intersect with race and gender".

The West student organizers also are talking about holding a lawmaker letter-writing campaign and doing other advocacy.

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