Students across the United States have made plans to protest gun violence after a mass shooting claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day.
CALLING ALL STUDENTS🗣— Student Walkout Against Gun Violence (@studentswalkout) February 19, 2018
The walkout this week will be held on Wed., February 21st at noon!
Students across the nation will stand with students in Broward County, FL.
Two other walkouts will be held in months to come, so I will keep you updated.
Change isn’t coming; it is here. pic.twitter.com/c2zYSyXHJg
One school district in Texas just announced a zero tolerance policy in regards to participation, stating that "should students choose to do so, they will be suspended from school for 3 days and face all the consequences that come along with an out of school suspension."
Texas school district says it will suspend all students who take part in "any type of protest or awareness” in aftermath of the Parkland school shooting: https://t.co/LTegTHAS78 pic.twitter.com/jfaN0WsVw6— Sarah McLaughlin (@sarahemclaugh) February 21, 2018
"We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty or five hundred students involved," the district warned.
even if I were for some reason on the fence about protesting, if my school district started making statements like these as if they were some sort of Hunger Games villains, I'd start protesting— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) February 21, 2018
Other schools across the country have taken a more supportive stance, providing guidelines to promote safety for those who choose to be involved.
What are your thoughts on this?
i know a great thing to put on your college application: SUSPENDED FOR PROTESTING GUN VIOLENCE. https://t.co/2FsyD6n8X9— Jordon Nardino (@jnardino) February 21, 2018
This is incredibly stupid. If I still lived in the Houston area, I would make a big production about pulling my kids out. I have not received any notification from the school here ... yet. https://t.co/1yuDwUsQXO— Elizabeth Perry (@fElizabethPerry) February 21, 2018
I’m not here to throw fuel on the fire but if me & my fellow classmates decided to schedule a walk out to show respect for fellow students in another state who lost their lives & my school threatened to suspend me for it then I would kindly smile & walk out. But that’s just me— Jakey Breaky (@JakeMaydayP) February 22, 2018
Hey students,— William LeGate (@williamlegate) February 22, 2018
If your school is threatening to suspend you for exercising your constitutional rights, I suggest you school THEM with this Supreme Court decision.
Sometimes, the teacher needs to learn from the student. https://t.co/RdfeAnjlKd
Dear students, I am not employed by the school district anymore so I can say it WALK OUT! If a third of you do it, they won't suspend you. If they do suspend you write your college entrance exam about how unfair that was, and out how you are not sorry. We ARE listening!— Abby Norman (@abbynormansays) February 21, 2018
Dear every school district threatening to suspend students if they choose to walk out: Sometimes the punishment is worth the message. I've told my kids this. This is their Vietnam moment. Take your 3 day suspension with pride. The history books will applaud you.#StudentsStandUp— Trump is a Fat Ass (@OAnotherSwiftie) February 22, 2018
Curtis Rhodes, the superintendent for the Needville Independent School District in Texas, threatened that students who participate in "any type of protest or awareness" will be suspended for three days. https://t.co/xGvbOYfsOH— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 22, 2018