Chicago area students prepare for Wednesday walkouts

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

Nationally, this walkout emphasizes the need for more gun control, and it allows students to voice their opinions.

For some schools around the country, however, it's a little more complicated.

Long Beach Unified School District spokesman Chris Eftychiou said administrators expect students at each of the district's high schools, as well as some middle schools to participate in the walkout, although district leaders are trying to persuade students to remain on school grounds.

We reached out to Baldwin, Monroe, Laurens, and Dublin City Schools. Teachers are also being asked not to schedule tests during the demonstration.

Otherwise, folks who want to express solidarity with the students should wear orange or walk out of their workplaces for 17 minutes, EMPOWER says.

Students may want to check school policies before making such a move, Ben Wizner with the ACLU told CNN.

Ellie Branson, a 16-year-old junior at South Broward High School in Hollywood, is planning a joint protest at the K.C. Wright Administration Building in Fort Lauderdale with students representing nine Broward schools: South Broward, MacArthur and Hollywood Hills in Hollywood; Blanche Ely and Pompano Beach High in Pompano Beach; Atlantic Technical College and Coconut Creek High in Coconut Creek; Piper in Sunrise; and Fort Lauderdale High.

As schools around the country brace for student walkouts following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, 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. He said police officers from Berwick and North Berwick, as well as the State Police, will be on hand to ensure safety.

Can students get in trouble for taking part?

Should Noble students elect to go outside at 10 a.m., they will be directed a specific exit and to a supervised location.

In honor of National Youth Violence Awareness Week, Gulfport High School student council members will lead a week of activities to promote a message of positivity and a non-violence.

Donna Yard, a Student Government Association advisor who helped organize the event, says empowering students with on-campus activities is safer than a walkout.

"What the district can do is provide a safe time and place for our secondary students to gather to remember the victims of the Parkland shooting and to express their solidarity with their peers across ME and the nation regarding safety in our nation's schools", Nash wrote last week.

Safety is a big concern during this walkout and officials have contacted parents and plan to have additional security Wednesday morning.

In a letter to parents, Marshwood Principal Paul Mehlhorn said the school will provide an outside area in front of the building for students to gather who have permission from a parent or guardian to be outside.

Yes. No one has a constitution right not to do school work, Wizner said.

The Network for Public Education has called for another observance to take place on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.

Districts aren't likely to lose state attendance-based funding because of the walkout "unless a student missed the entire day", state Superintendent Tom Torlakson wrote in a memo to school administrators.

Sussex County's largest school district-Indian River-will not be facilitating walkouts at any of their schools.

"Our obligation is to make sure they're safe", said Superintendent James Morse.

Basically, the punishment students receive can't be any worse than what they would have otherwise received for skipping class on any other day.

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