"The walk-out of approximately 20 students at Brandeis High School today prompted meaningful dialogue between students and campus administrators that will continue after Spring Break". "It's not a political protest", he said, "to stop this from happening again".
In a message to District 204, Superintendent Karen Sullivan said the district will not take any disciplinary action against students who choose to join the rally. They also face missing a sporting practice on Wednesday, and a Fast Friday - an early out on the third Friday of the month if there are no absences.
"Given the nature of the protest - asking for federal gun legislation reform - we are particularly concerned about the opportunity the gathering would present someone in an unstable frame of mind", she said.
"In addition to the broader national implications of a school walkout, I believe that this is indicative of the civic responsibility that we as students and citizens have been instilled with throughout our lifetimes". March for Our Lives Seattle students recognize and stand in solidarity with organizations at the forefront of the issue of gun violence in communities of color. "I think it's a great way to show that and have our voices be heard". Opposing the excused absence were board members Jake Frieden, Julie Wagner, Barbara Chiles and Tyson Dillavou.
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Five minutes before the walkout begins, students will silently leave class and congregate in front of the school with posters against gun violence. She pointed out the walkout was "breaking the rules, which are clearly stated in the school handbook".
It was the first student demonstration at a Lincoln school following the February 14 shooting that killed 17 students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.
In Loudon County, parents and students have been reminded of the school system's positions on walkouts. Emily said the school administration has been made aware of the student-organized event and has been included in the planning. "To have more security, get actively involved".
"District 204 respects students' First Amendment rights, and we will not discipline students for the act of peaceably assembling while exercising their freedom of speech on March 14", she said.