Student walkouts are set to take place in the next few days and months in an effort to push the gun control debate even further.
Administrators are struggling with whether or not to encourage the students to exercise their First Amendment rights or to penalize them for skipping class, according to PBS. Many teachers and administrators have threatened to suspend students who walk out during class time including one Texas school.
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— Women's March Youth (@WomensMarchY) March 12, 2018
Here are the dates:
- March 14 – The first large-scale walkout led by the Women’s March. Students will walk out for 17 minutes, one minute for each victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school tragedy.
- March 24 – Students will demonstrate at the nation’s capital.
- April 20 – Students will demonstrate around the nation on the 16th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado.
Yale, Harvard, MIT, the University of Connecticut, and UCLA have guaranteed college applicants will not be affected for those who choose to participate in the marches.
Here’s how school’s are handling the walkouts:
- Needville, Texas, Superintendent said the administration will suspend students for three days if they walk out.
- Garretson, South Dakota, administrators canceled the April 20 walkout after negative feedback surfaced online.
- Ingleside Middle school near Phoenix, Arizona, will suspend students for a day if they walk out.
- Mooresville, Indiana, met with student leaders to organize a planned walk out.
- Ann Arundel County, Maryland, is meeting with students and administrators to decide on ways they can plan a demonstration without breaking school rules.
- Somerville, Massachusetts, students are planning a weekly walk out.
Read more on the walkouts here.