Students at high schools across the country are expected to walk out of classes Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, in their latest push for gun control. The protests were organized by four students from Ridgefield High School in CT. These trades of philosophies are structured around citizenship and responsible civic participation.
"In the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, a majority of American teens say they are very or somewhat anxious about the possibility of a shooting happening at their school - and most parents of teens share that concern", Nikki Graf, a research associate at Pew Research Center, wrote on the organization's website.
Students will take 13 seconds to honor the 13 killed at Columbine High School in 1999.
These students met with one another through social media while planning their walkouts and from there, formed SOYA. Educators are calling for sensible gun laws and other measures to protect their students. The April walkout is organized by 16-year-old Lane Murdock, who attends Ridgefield High School in CT and told ABC News that she was inspired to action after the Parkland shooting.
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In a letter addressed to students and families, Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz said although he believes finding a voice is an essential part of students' lives, it is important to address expectations and safety surrounding these kinds of protests. Students will be held to normal operating procedures regarding attendance, as it is outlined in the Student Handbook.
-Volusia County Public School spokesperson " Orange County Public Schools is neither encouraging nor discouraging student activities related to proposed walkouts at schools throughout the country on Fri., Apr. 20, 2018.
Now, schools can punish students involved with the walkout. "Depending on a student's individual discipline history, however, consequences may be greater". When asked Wednesday, Avon High School officials said they weren't aware of plans for a walkout.
If students make the choice to leave class on April 20, administrators and teachers will not confront students. The Kern High School District places great value on instructional time and school safety. "In fighting this, we need to take all aspects of gun violence into account".
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Sparlin also issued a statement to the community in the wake of the Florida high school shooting.
Larry Levy, executive dean at Hofstra University's National Center for Suburban Studies, said last week that a number of factors in the Parkland tragedy had contributed to a shift in the conversation - and possible legislative changes down the road.
Ben Gelt was a senior at Denver's East High School at the time, and was in philosophy class when news broke about Columbine. Seventeen students were killed and dozens more were injured.
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