Some area school divisions to provide students structured gun violence protests

A number of New Canaan High School students are expected to walk out of their school building for 17 minutes on Wednesday, March 14, to show support for people who have been affected by the Parkland, Fla. murders and other shootings across the country over the past two decades.

The Tyee High School student posted photos on social media over the weekend of him with a weapon, according to King County Sheriff's Office.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a student at school this morning.

While school districts and principals across Virginia are debating whether to let students participate on the 14th, Richmond Community Principal J. Austin Brown says his decision was not hard.

"No one should have to go to school in fear", the organizers wrote in a letter distributed to school staff last week. "It's scary that people can feel that and think 'I wanna do that at my school'".

Students will neither be encouraged nor discouraged from participating in the walkout, though if they choose to do so, they will receive an unexcused absence for the missed class period.

The student was taken to St. John Medical Center on February 27 after other students overheard him making the threatening statements.

But these school districts will realize eventually-if they haven't already-they are the bad guys in this situation. A number of students are planning to demonstrate as part of a group called "West Metro Walkout". She said parents and guardians who wish to participate in the event must also complete the designated portion of the permission slip by Friday.

"The safety of our students and staff is our top priority; that is why we have chosen to organize this in a systematic manner rather than risk the potential free-for-all walkouts that could occur, " said Neal, in her letter.

She said a walkout at a predetermined, publicized time poses a security risk. "This means colleges and universities formalizing admission policies that do not preclude students from attending a university because they voiced a dissenting opinion".

"We wanted to reassure them that we are constantly examining procedures", he pointed out.

Not all students want to participate and some want to honor the students who died in Florida while others will be actively calling for laws that could keep students safe while in the classroom, he said.

"We join our students in grieving the loss of life and innocence that has occurred across our nation, and we understand their desire to participate in a healthy dialogue here at home", he said.

Set for 9:20 a.m., with a plan to meet outside the administrative offices, Emily along with fellow classmates Olivia Mercio and Ally Yellets have planned an event with the help of school officials that will include speeches and a moment of silence.

  • Leroy Wright