Students nationwide to walkout in protest of gun violence


Grade school and college students alike are expected to ditch class Wednesday morning to demand tougher gun laws from politicians after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

At least 3,000 protests from Washington state to New York will kick off at 10 a.m. local time and are slated to last 17 minutes — a minute for each victim killed during the bloody shooting in Parkland, Fla., last month.

The demonstrations will range from a reading of victim names, lobbying lawmakers for improved background check regulations to registering to vote. Even students in Hawaii will host a scattering of rallies in support of gun control legislation and an end to firearm violence, according to organizers behind the Women’s March.

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

For the youngest of protesters, it may be their first taste of civil disobedience. Especially if the school is less than thrilled with the stunt.

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Elementary school walkout in Alexandria, Virginia. More than 65 kids, and they are totally silent. Look at those fa… https://t.co/JG9X38iSoE
Success Academy Hell's Kitchen elementary students doing a small walkout with a teacher https://t.co/VNuh6Zbc8t
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Student walkout at #LaGuardiaHighschool #NBCNews https://t.co/WXa1AbKXba
HAPPENING NOW: Hundreds of students at Eleanor Roosevelt High leave class as part of the National Walkout. They cha… https://t.co/0bSLhyfKSO
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At Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, students are pouring out the back doors and making their way to the football fi… https://t.co/BSfTWoyCa5
East Lansing High School Students walking out of classes join in the National School Walkout. #ELHS #MSU… https://t.co/dAU6olHa7H
HAPPENING NOW: It’s after 10 and the walkout at Heritage High is beginning now. https://t.co/2SV4sT0fZk
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Proud to stand outside Ft. Hamilton HS today as students walk out to protest gun violence and the horrific NRA. Fea… https://t.co/410SR2xDSU
Walk out is underway at East Chapel Hill High School https://t.co/ksTpiZPjwA
Hundreds of middle & high school students in Hartford walk out of class to protest school & gun violence https://t.co/S4XcRqyiVF
RIGHT NOW: Hundreds of students protest gun violence in front of the White House, as part of nationwide walkout. https://t.co/vhKGxcjiq8
Students participating in the #NationalWalkoutDay at City High Middle School in Grand Rapids. @WOODTV https://t.co/t0RqcUjceY
Students at Wolfson H.S. walking out of class in protest for stricter gun laws. #NationalWalkoutDay @ActionNewsJax… https://t.co/LNxgIHuISm
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Massive stream of kids marching out of Williamsburg Prep to protest gun violence #neveragain https://t.co/bHKTWOWkW4
@BrearleyNYC students participating in #NationalWalkoutDay https://t.co/JWaKKuwzvM
While Congress sits on its hands, students like my son will stand and walk out of school this morning to demand act… https://t.co/ayIm1fYYI1
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Students at Warwick High School walking out of class right now. Principal expecting around 600 or more. #13NewsNow… https://t.co/hLM5B8a4iI
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School administrators in Eugene, Ore., threatened to slap students who bust out of class for a demonstration with “an unexcused absence.”

“More disruptive or disorderly conduct could have disciplinary consequences, as it would under any circumstances, but we hope that will not arise,” Eugene School District officials said, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Schools in Texas warned parents of a “‘movement’ attempting to stage walkouts/disruptions” and vowed to suspend students who participate in the nationwide walkout, the Dallas Morning News reported.

“Please be advised that the Needville ISD will not allow a student demonstration during school hours for any type of protest or awareness,” Needville School District Superintendent Curtis Rhodes wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post. “Should students choose to do so, they will be suspended from school for 3 days and face all the consequences that come along with an out of school suspension.

More on student protests in wake of the Parkland, Fla., shooting

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Parkland high school stage protest in state capital
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Cameron Kasky, 17 and Jaclyn Corin, 17, make announcments from a car rooftop before fellow Marjory Stoneman Douglas students board buses to Tallahassee, Fla. to speak with Florida legislators about gun control on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School get ready to board a bus for a trip to Tallahassee, Fla. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 to talk with lawmakers about the recent rampage at their school and what needs to be done to make sure it doesn't happen again. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School get ready to board a bus for a trip to Tallahassee, Fla. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 to talk with lawmakers about the recent rampage at their school and what needs to be done to make sure it doesn't happen again. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School get ready to board a bus for a trip to Tallahassee, Fla. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 to talk with lawmakers about the recent rampage at their school and what needs to be done to make sure it doesn't happen again. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School get ready to board a bus for a trip to Tallahassee, Fla. to talk with lawmakers about the recent rampage at their school and what needs to be done to make sure it doesn't happen again. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
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“Life is all about choices and every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative. We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty, or five hundred students involved,” Rhodes warned.

When faced with similar threats of discipline near Atlanta, Ga., a senior at Pope High School has remained defiant.

“Change never happens without backlash,” Kara Litwin told The Associated Press.

The American Civil Liberties Union has said districts can discipline who participate in the walkouts but not because of its political message, which would conflict with the First Amendment’s right to protest, according to CNN.

Similarly, students may face rallies seeking the opposite of their demands.

Counter protesters, some expected to brandish firearms, plan to gather ahead of a walkout at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, schools Wednesday morning in an attempt to show “semi-automatic firearms can injure no one without human interaction, as they are inanimate tools,” according to a Facebook page for the event. The group plans to meet at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, which is about 2,000 feet from Coeur d’Alene High School.

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