Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
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New Orleans students organizing March for Our Lives for gun control

New Orleans students organizing March for Our Lives for gun control

National School Walkout Day, set for March 14, has emerged as a social media movement in the wake of last month's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead.

Administrators want to give students a chance to be heard, Berasi said, but also want to make sure that the action is meaningful and that students who do not want to participate don't feel pressured.

Daniel Gray, 16, a sophomore, spoke with emotion as he urged students to remember the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and to be proactive in the next steps for change.

Still, he said, safety remains a paramount concern and no student will be out of sight however the demonstration unfolds.

As a district, students and others will wear orange on Wednesday to show support for school safety.

"By following Fulton County's lead and changing the bell schedule, GCPS will be providing students with an educational opportunity, an opportunity to use their voice, to understand how they can impact change, and to be empowered to communicate their concerns to adults within the school system and other community leaders", Gwinnett SToPP Executive Director Marlyn Tillman said.

Fall Mountain encourages students to find other means of expressing their views without disrupting the school environment, according to the letter.

The March for Our Lives Movement was a student-organized, student-attended event that offered teenagers an opportunity to speak out in a way that has garnered much national attention since the February 14 shooting.

Lake Central High School Principal Sean Begley wrote in a letter to students, parents and teachers that students will be allowed to participate with conditions. "We encourage them to take a position that they're comfortable with - we don't want to tell them what their position should be". "We want our students to have a voice, but we want to do it in a safe way". Schools and student groups across the country are repeating those actions in their communities. "I am scared. You are scared".

Jaffrey-Rindge Superintendent Reuben D. Duncan said the administrative team at Conant High School and Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School have discussed the potential for a local protest.

"This should be a student-led movement", Olivier says. Most were from ConVal High School, but others attend High Mowing, a private school in Wilton, and Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School in Wilton. "Classroom learning will be affected if students miss instructional time, and the safety of students could be compromised if they leave class or campus without permission".

"We certainly don't see the need to provide any discipline for a 17-minute event that is being organized, as long as they are being respectful and are exercising their free speech appropriately and are being safe", he said. Students who choose to participate will be allowed to leave their PtE resource period and go to the yellow parking lot at 9:50 a.m.

"I'm just concerned that politicians will look at this, believe they have done something and move on to a different topic", Strauss said. "Gun violence and trauma in New Orleans - and the fact that it reaches countless young people, including children in school and their families throughout the city - is a crucial part of the New Orleans" March for Our Lives banner.

In Swanzey Center, Monadnock Regional School District officials briefly discussed the walkout at a closed school-board session Tuesday night.

"Concord School District supports peaceful protest, so we are able to conduct this", Weinberg said.

"I'm sorry if the NRA has trouble with the fact that the United States has 36,000 dying in America from gun violence but those are the facts", Brown said in an interview.

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