Although the school district is not sanctioning or authorizing student walkouts, we've provided guidance to our principals should their students wish to take part in such demonstrations.
In addition to a list of student speakers set to lead the rally, many Democratic elected officials have also been invited to speak, including Gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich, and Beavercreek Congressional-hopeful Theresa Gasper, who is running in the Democratic primary for Ohio's 10th U.S. House District seat, now held by Republican Congressman Mike Turner. Students who leave class to participate in planned activities on campus will not be marked absent and will not be penalized for missing class time.
The walkouts are being organized and promoted by a group of students at Ridgefield High School, in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Students from at least two Dayton high schools are organizing the rally at the Lincoln Park Civic Commons at Fraze Pavilion.
In March, students organized an event to honor the lives of the 17 people killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting on Valentine's Day. Schools and students will recognize the difference of opinions in their student bodies during events and activities closed to the public. The National School Walkout will take place at 10 a.m. Classes at Columbine will be canceled just as they have been every April 20 since the 1999 massacre. The Student Government Association at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach came up with a slogan for the occasion: Be kind. Community and police-driven gun violence hit hard for teens in urban areas, many of whom have lost family members, friends, or classmates to shootings.
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In a message to student participants, organizers urged students not to engage with any counter-protesters.
Hundreds of Naperville Central High School students are expected to walk out of school Friday to spend the day advocating for gun reform. But they won't be protesting at the Colorado school where the violence took place.
This latest national rally comes more than a month after tens of thousands of US students from more than 3,000 schools participated in the #ENOUGH National School Walkout to demand that lawmakers seek tighter gun control regulations.
In addition to voter registration tables and opportunities to write letters to legislators, the program will include speakers from Woodland Hills Students Against Gun Violence and the Coalition Against Violence, another Woodland Hills student group.
"I think it's a really important way that we as students can make our voices heard", Auden Yurman, a State High sophomore, said.