Local school districts plan for protests following Florida shooting

A man signs a banner as people pay tribute at a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 25 in Parkland Fla

The March 14 walkout is one of many events planned this spring to remember victims of school shootings and to protest gun violence. And some schools have responded by banning cell phones, a policy which, in the event of an actual threat, could actually impede efforts to contact authorities or loved ones. "An important part of school is helping students learn to advocate for themselves, stand up for what they believe - and approach their concerns through dialogue and reason". Although she and her middle school peers had already planned their walkout, she expressed her appreciation for The Leader's February 28 news story about the Chimacum High School students' walkout. "We're going to be heard", she said.

"We ask that this be a quiet, reflective time out of respect for the 17 lives that were lost", Gauen's letter said.

"What this really is for is for all of the United States and all of the schools where students don't feel comfortable in", she said. "I hope even teachers come out".

Classes will follow the regular schedule March 14, she said, and any absences associated with the national walkouts will be excused.

I can see this as the start of a new movement. "I think this movement has taken on a life of its own".

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In Novi, schools are warning about a safety risk associated with the walkout. But discussions are under way with student organizers.

The memorial is not the only event students are planning.

Students from Novi High School and Novi Middle School plan to participate in the walkout, and teachers have a plan.

Wright said the district and school administrators are working with student leaders to find the best way to accomplish their goals.

White noted that Williams Bay police would be invited to be present during any walkout. The walkout is scheduled to last 17 minutes in honor of the 17 students who were killed.

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He added: "It's a sign of respect for those who died in a horrific act". It's hard to say if students will do this and if anything will be solved by taking this action.

Under the change, those who "exclusively perform classroom duties as classroom teachers" wouldn't be allowed to participate in the program.

Survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have pushed for Congress and President Donald Trump to do something stop mass shootings.

"The mood is like sad, emotional", Sebastian Benitez, a freshman at Stoneman Douglas said.

"Some are doing quite well, but all acknowledge it's a day-to-day situation", she said.

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