NPHS Student's Response to After School Walk-out Plan at NPHS

Howard Simon

The date marks one month since the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

At Carson High School, students are planning to participate in an organized walkout to the football field, Wednesday at 10 a.m., to remember the lives lost in Florida.

The group is demanding that Congress "recognize all forms of gun violence" by passing new legislation to ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, expand background checks to all gun sales, implement a gun violence restraining order law and stop militarizing law enforcement.

"Educators face potential discipline for encouraging students to walk out of school". Miami-Dade County schools participating include Miami Central Senior High School, Miami Country Day School, Gulliver Preparatory School and Coral Gables Senior High School.

Some students have said they hope that the short time out of class will make a difference and place pressure on lawmakers at every level to do something about gun laws.

As far as protests go, this one is tame; it wouldn't be any more disruptive to class then when students excuse themselves to use the restroom or get a drink of water.

A letter sent Friday to parents from West Islip Superintendent Bernadette Burns noted that the "district will not encourage nor permit a walkout whereby students exit the building or leave campus, as this would compromise our mission to ensure student safety and building security".

The school's mission is to prepare students to lead in academics, service and civic engagement. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be joining some of them at two schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan, CBS2's Janelle Burrell reported.

Jenna Friedman a sophomore at Walled Lake Central High participates this morning
Jenna Friedman a sophomore at Walled Lake Central High participates this morning

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

"We don't know where they're occurring and we're not asking students to notify us", he said.

At least 3,000 schools have organized rallies, protests or other memorials to the Parkland victims.

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"I wanted people to know that Stoneman Douglas will be the last school this happens to", said Stoneman Douglas student Julie Brighton. The Parkland students conceived of the nationwide school walkout and numerous school's students have become some of the nation's most eloquent gun-control advocates.

Goldman made it clear that staff are not allowed to participate in any walkout, and that there are limits to how they may express support for the event.

School officials who punish students for walking out of class today have the right to do so as long as they are enforcing regular attendance policies in a consistent manner.

"We want this to be about our kids and what they are feeling", Nolte said.

For students who choose not to participate in either event, there will be normal, supervised school days as well. "When I see it happening here, it kind of scares me because I don't want America to turn into the countries where my parents and my ancestors came from".

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