Local students walk out for stricter gun control laws

  • Local students walk out for stricter gun control laws

Local students walk out for stricter gun control laws

- Teachers and students from across the Triangle and country are expected to participate in Wednesday's National School Walkout to honor the memory of the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Fla., one month ago.

The walkout planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday comes one month after the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

"Both locally and nationally, there have been greater efforts around this walkout to involve a wider diversity of voices and experiences around gun violence.as evidenced by the way Parkland teens met with Chicago teens recently", said Sunny Pai, a Charlestown High School teacher.

"Change never happens without backlash", said Kara Litwin, a senior at Pope High School in the Cobb County School District.

According to the National Coalition Against Censorship, generally, school officials can't discipline student protesters unless the protests cause a disruption of school events or make it impossible for school officials to maintain order.

"We need more funding for mental health in our schools - psychologists, counselors - because so many kids are depressed, and that leads to suicide, and them hurting themselves and others with guns", Harb said.

Harb said he is convinced that school districts would be better served spending that money to hire more school counselors, to help spot potential school shooters and prevent future tragedies.

"If it don't stop now, it's going to keep happening", said Ahmad Gordon, a sixth grade student at Citizens Leadership Academy's East Campus.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho issued a stern warning to students taking part in the movement.

He argues that they're oversimplifying the problem of school violence by advocating more gun control as the solution.

Carvalho is expected to join the walkout at iPrep Academy in Miami.

"When you think of younger students like elementary students, there's a lot that can be shared about caring, compassion and how to be a good friend", said Cohen.

The students also are planning a larger "March For Our Lives" event in Phoenix on Sat., March 24.

Students should be aware that schools hold the right to issue unexcused absences (from class) or create an assignment for students participating in the walk out. Administrators made it clear they are neither for, nor against students protesting, and would not stop the students' First Amendment rights.

Most of the Minnesota walkouts are set for the Twin Cities.

Students from at least 50 MA schools are joining the movement, according to Walkout for Action, a coalition of local students. We will follow our normal attendance policies, meaning that parents can excuse their child if they choose to.