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Thousands to protest gun violence

14 March 2018

Alan Baum, principal at the district's Ward Melville High School, said that he has met with student representatives and that "in addition to the student-led forum, some of our student forum planners will go over the PA system to make a statement in honor of the 17 Parkland, Florida victims".

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

Numerous protesters demanded that Congress take action to protect student lives by passing stricter gun control laws.

Participating schools in Broward County include Coral Springs High School and Cypress Bay High School.

Williamson County Schools recognizes students' constitutional right to assemble peacefully and to engage in free speech.

Some students may face punishment for missing class. Schools have shown varying degrees of acceptance: The superintendent for Needville Independent School District in Texas, for example, last month threatened students engaging in "any type of protest or awareness" with a three-day suspension. In Massachusetts and OH, students said they'll head to the statehouse to lobby for new gun regulations.

The American Civil Liberties Union issued advice for students, saying schools can't legally punish them more harshly because of the political nature of their message.

Carvalho is expected to join the walkout at iPrep Academy in Miami.

"Students that attempt to leave the building without authorization will be guided to return".

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown also signed a law extending bans on firearm ownership to people convicted of domestic violence, even if the victim isn't a spouse, closing the so-called "boyfriend loophole". We are aware that students around the country are planning walkouts (like the one planned nationally on March 14th) to honor the victims - and to protest school violence.

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

Please take time to discuss the content of this letter with your child (particularly high school and middle school students) and help them understand that all other rules outlined in school handbooks remain in place and will be enforced.

The rise in student activism comes after the recent high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. "We just don't want it unstructured for half the day". Administrators made it clear they are neither for, nor against students protesting, and would not stop the students' First Amendment rights.

Schools can issue unexcused absences, assign extra work or discipline students who don't adhere to school policy, but non-disruptive, organized protests and walkouts are protected.

"As long as they come out, participate and return to class, nothing".

Thousands to protest gun violence