Farmington Schools students who walk out April 20 may face consequences


Thousands of students across the country plan to demonstrate for gun control during National School Walkouts planned for Friday.

According to National School Walkout's website, West Forsyth, Reynolds High School and the Career Center are all registered as having a walkout planned.

On Friday morning, students from more than 2,500 schools across the country will stream out of class to demand lawmakers take action.

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.

Also on hand will be at least 10 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 were killed on Valentine's Day.

Despite some snarky marijuana-related comments on Twitter, where Russell and other students promoted their walkout, he still is expecting a large turnout Friday.

Campbell's Westmont High School, however, rejected a student's request for a voter registration drive and rally. Now, they'll be getting another shot at it. Chris Petley, spokesman for the district, says it is permitting its students to participate in the 10 a.m. walkout, which will last about 20 minutes. "They will not be punished, as long as there is not a disruption to the normal class day".

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"It seems like mass shootings keep following us throughout our lives", Gise said. This would allow students who want to participate to do so and those who don't could go on to class, according to SCHS Principal Joe Covington. She said she tutors children who have fled violence in other countries but fear shootings in their USA schools.

But if schools want to hold events to honor the Columbine victims on the anniversary, he said he would ask that they include a day of service since that is the practice at the suburban Denver school.

Regardless of demographics, most parents are anxious, with 63 percent of all those surveyed saying they are concerned about school shootings affecting their children. The event was organized by State of Ohio Youth Activists (SOYA), an activist organization formed by high school students.

These students met with one another through social media while planning their walkouts and from there, formed SOYA.

By contrast, a much smaller share of teens (39%) say that allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns in schools would be very or somewhat effective at preventing school shootings; 35% of teens say this would be not at all effective. School leaders wanted the events to remain politically neutral, Anu said. But 16-year-old Rachel Hill and Kaylee Tyner say they grew up in its shadow.

"We are demanding change because it's been 19 years since the Columbine shooting and no one has done anything", she said.

Some school districts, like Henrico and Hanover, said that the students who do not get written permission from their parents to leave campus, will be marked with an unexcused absence.