From Columbine To Parkland, Student Activists Talk Out What's Changed

From Columbine To Parkland, Student Activists Talk Out What's Changed

From Columbine To Parkland, Student Activists Talk Out What's Changed

Students who miss school to participate in the walkout, which is part of a National Walkout coinciding with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, will do so without the support of school officials and face the appropriate penalty, officials said. Therefore, VBCPS staff will neither encourage nor discourage students from taking part in a walkout, or, as the principal of Columbine High School suggests, honoring victims by taking part in community service.

Just days after that shooting, Marion County Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier announced April 20 would offer students a civic opportunity and student-led activities to openly discuss and safely voice their concerns for school safety in today's world.

Ryan Deitsch, 18, a Stoneman Douglas High senior, who is among the #NeverAgain student activists at the Parkland school, said he's glad to see demonstrations for sensible gun laws continue - independent of his group's organizing. Students, however, were advised by administrators not to walk out of their respective schools on that day and most complied.

The organizer's website called National School Walkout a student movement to protest congressional, state and local "failures to take action to prevent gun violence".

"Our principals are always on alert of threats, especially on a day like tomorrow", she said, which has significance tied to the Columbine anniversary and commemoration of the February 14 Parkland shooting.

The Dayton rally is one of more more than 2,000 simultaneous protests planned across the country Friday.

The walkouts are being organized and promoted by a group of students at Ridgefield High School, in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

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The concept was developed by Lane Murdock, a 16-year-old girl who grew up near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 students were killed in a mass shooting in 2012.

"If they decide to stay on campus and are not disruptive and re-enter the building cooperatively, that will likely be handled in the same manner as the walk out that occurred last month", Quattlebaum said.

This one was launched by Lane Murdock, a sophomore from CT. "We want to keep it in a positive light".

DeAngelis said he does not want to tell other schools nationally what to do.

On the Midtown KC Rally Facebook page, organizers urged that students planning to come to the rally "get absence forms (or the equivalent) from your school in order to attend the rally without being truant".

Besides speeches and holding up signs along Aurora Avenue, Russell said students can register to vote, if eligible, and write letters to their elected representatives.

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