Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Thousands to protest gun violence

Thousands to protest gun violence

Grade school and college students alike are expected to ditch class Wednesday morning to demand tougher gun laws from politicians after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. As one article puts it, "The response from school districts has been mixed, with some threatening to suspend students and others promising to incorporate the walkout into a civics lesson".

Following the lead of student activists who have carried the flag for gun control since the deadly school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida, high schoolers across MA plan to join the chorus of voices calling for tougher gun laws Wednesday at events in Boston and Springfield. Nauset students are setting an example for all us as well as reminding us that democracies require citizen participation, and that it is through civic action that citizens shape their world for the better.

Hundreds of Madison students plan to walk out of their schools. I asked another student to share their connection with the damaging effects of gun violence. Students who don't want to participate could bring a note from a parent to opt out.

"I think they're taking a stand on fear", said Suzanne Cohen. They said they were inspired seeing growing numbers signing up for the demonstrations.

"Change never happens without backlash", said Kara Litwin, a senior at Pope High School in the Cobb County School District. It will last for 17 minutes, one minute for each life lost in the Parkland school shooting. Instead of a walkout, students will go into the hallways for 17 minutes of kindness and gratitude.

Thousands of students across the country walked out of their schools for 17 minutes on Wednesday.

We're also aware that some students, from Madison and around the state, plan to walk to the Capitol during the afternoon of March 14.

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"If it don't stop now, it's going to keep happening", said Ahmad Gordon, a sixth grade student at Citizens Leadership Academy's East Campus.

It also includes funding for an optional program to allow some school personnel - like librarians and coaches, but not teachers - to carry firearms on campus. We will follow our normal attendance policies, meaning that parents can excuse their child if they choose to. The American Civil Liberties Union issued advice for students who walk out, saying schools can't legally punish them more harshly because of the political nature of their message.

"Every school, every principal", said Cohen.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our district office at 843-899-8600.

Recent national incidents involving school safety, in Florida and around the country, have caused heartache, fear and frustration at all levels of our nation.

Students of New Providence High School are eager to show their support to the victims of gun violence and join the nationwide walkout.

The walk-through detectors will be installed, one for each of the elementary schools and two in the high school. "We're going to make sure that politicians understand we're not going to forget about this". "We should be encouraging our students to raise their voices, and as long as they are peaceful and responsible, we should encourage their activism".

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