Tenn. high school holds second protest after walkout marred by violence

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Students who joined the National School Walkout on Wednesday are now facing disciplinary consequences for joining thousands of other students across the country.

She pitched the idea to the students: each would write 125 affirmation hearts, one for each of the high school's students with some left over for teachers and staff.

The Lourdes event, planned in conjunction with similar prayer-based walkouts at other Catholic high schools in the Tucson Diocese, was meant as a controlled way for students to voice their opinions about gun control and school safety on National School Walkout Day, one months after the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Contreras said.

A U.S. Catholic diocese prohibited students in its schools to participate in Wednesday's nationwide gun control demonstration because organizers support abortion.

The group encouraged students, teachers, school administrators and parents to take part in the protest; and is now organizing another walkout event for April 20, organizers wrote on twitter.

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A number of student demonstrations across the country were organized exclusively to honor those killed in the nation's third deadliest school shooting on February 14.

At nearby Penn Alexander Elementary school, students demonstrated by forming a peace sign with their bodies.

The protest comes as part of a wave of activism created after last month's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. When adults see us literally begging for our lives, it is more likely to make a change.

The superintendent added that students who walked out of the school during the assembly would face consequences, which she said were "outlined in advance".

"We're doing more in America to adapt to school shootings than to prevent them, and that's just not okay", one student told 7News. Students gave out note cards with the names of gun violence victims, lit a yahrzeit candle and prayed for the families of victims. "I'm sorry this happened but in times of need, we can all get together and put aside our differences", he said.

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The event still made an impact, Perez said, because it came within the context of a larger discussion at his school about gun violence. We'll stand up for what is right, regardless of consequences.

In the past few weeks Parkland students marched to the state house in Florida. Students organized an attempt on Thursday morning.

"We can go and buy a gun before we can be taken seriously in a conversation", she said.

On Tuesday, the Ukiah High was buzzing with word of the walkout - with students wondering what teacher's reactions would be, whether they would be congratulated or disciplined for participating.

In Warren County, protesters at Warren Hills Regional High School were warned they would receive an after-school detention for leaving the building without permission.

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