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Oldham County Schools Will Discipline Students Who Participate In Walkout

Metro-area students won't be penalized for Wednesday walkout if not away from class for too long

Women's March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers and administrators to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the one-month anniversary of the deadly shooting.

Since the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, demonstrations have sprung up on school campuses around the country.

The school says students will be given the opportunity to speak out against gun violence through prayer and writing letters to representatives in Congress.

Administrators at both schools said they are providing support to the students so the walkout can be done in a safe and orderly way.

Several colleges - from Yale to Tulane to UCLA - have already come out and told prospective students that unexcused absences or other consequences resulting from the walkout won't affect their admission into the schools.

District officials stated that students who choose to walk out on Wednesday may face disciplinary action for leaving school without permission.

"As educators, we respect and encourage the right of free speech and will honor the rights of students who choose to participate in this demonstration", he stated.

Officials say they are aware of the national events, and their number one concern on Wednesday will be maintaining safety and security.

Hernandez hasn't heard of any districts in Washington state threatening to suspend or otherwise punish any student who participates, as has been the case in some other states. The plan is to march with signs in front of the school and at the park across the street from the school.

At Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, and to a lesser extent at Morris Elementary School, he explained, there's a plan "to accommodate folks who wish to do that".

Typically a straight-A student, her daughter had said she might want to participate in the walkout, but was afraid of getting in trouble. They plan to have 14 students and three teachers in the quad representing a student or teacher who died during the Parkland shooting.

• Roseville Community Schools did not respond, but the national school walkout website said Roseville High School will participate in the April 20 walkout.

-As schools around the country brace for student walkouts following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Fla., principals and superintendents are scrambling to perform a delicate balancing act: How to let thousands of students exercise their First Amendment rights while not disrupting school and not pulling administrators into the raging debate over gun control. Dillon, staff, and faculty have been coordinating with students to ensure the protest is organized and safe.

"After the 17-minute event, students will be expected to return to class", said Karen York, director of communication for Richland District 1 in the downtown Columbia, St. Andrews and Lower Richland areas. So far, about 30 students have said they will stand in silence with her at Howard High's atrium Wednesday.

The petition is "very broad because we have different views", she said. If students decide to participate in a "17-minute, peaceful, silent observance", schools will provide supervision, and police will be available to ensure the students' safety.

Plans for the two events were developed by students working with principals and staff at the school building level, Suski noted in her letter. Walkouts may still be taking place in the districts that provided no information.

There can't be any horseplay and students can't go outside, but it's a chance for students to voice their opinions, she said.

"Students' speech can not be censored simply because the school administrators deem it controversial", she said.

"This is not a legal question, Wizner said, "but all students should have the right to remain in a safe school environment".

Students gathered at Center Line High School on March 8 to remember students killed during school shootings.

In Prince William County, students will be allowed to do an on-campus walkout, but they will not be marked absent or tardy.