Triangle schools to participate in National School Walkout day today

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Students at thousands of schools across the country plan to walk out of class at 10 a.m. Wednesday to protest gun violence and to mark one month since a mass shooting took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

At West Johnston, students and faculty have embraced a different way to honor the lives lost. Others were to hold demonstrations in school gyms or on football fields.

"Students are working hard to center what young people in cities across MA would like to see and what they want looks different from what the students in Parkland may want", said Tara Parrish, the director of the Pioneer Valley Project who is organizing the rally. The group represents the youth branch of the Women's March.

Organizers say almost 3,000 walkouts are set in the biggest demonstration yet of the student activism that has emerged following the massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"Our elected officials must do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to this violence", the Empower group wrote on its website.

More than 50 percent of high school students plan to walk out for the "National School Walkout", according to a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep.

Private schools can forbid students from walking out or protesting. Madison students from other high schools and middle schools will be assembling at East High School around 11:00 a.m. and start marching to the Capitol at noon.

"You can't make political statements, it can't be a pro-gun or anti-gun assembly", Thomas told the Pensacola News-Journal.

Goldman also sent out a memorandum from Oregon Education Association General Counsel Adam Arms that spells out teachers' limited free speech rights in this situation.

Some of the money will be allocated to hire and train more school resource officers and mental health counselors and install extra safety equipment, like security cameras, metal detectors, bulletproof glass and automatic locking devices.

"We're heartbroken by it, but then we forget about it", he said.

If there are specific events you need to be aware of at your child's school, your principal will follow up with more details.

The walk-through detectors will be installed, one for each of the elementary schools and two in the high school.

However, students who attend approved activities will not get in trouble because they will have teacher supervision.

"We want this movement to be as inclusive as possible and as bipartisan as possible", said Ryan Kemper, one of Green Hope's walkout organizers.

"Educators face potential discipline for encouraging students to walk out of school". "For too long, those same adults that don't want us to walk out have been very apathetic and haven't taken action in making sure that gun control happens", he said.