Nashville Schools Participate in Walkouts Protesting Gun Violence

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Many Nashville area schools participated in the nationwide walkout protesting gun violence at 10am Wednesday morning. The March 14 walkouts came in response to the massacre in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 teachers and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Young 8th graders from Creswell School organized and hosted one of the only walk-outs happening at a middle or elementary school in Nashville today. Creswell kids silently experience gun violence every day of their lives. If you don’t believe in this movement or don’t think that change is coming, then you’re blind to incredible influence that this kind of empowerment will have on these student for the rest of their lives. If you chose not to march, then you should be terrified of the force of these students. One 5th-grader told me she wished “everyone in the government would just grow up.” LOL! These students are more determined and more mature than most adults that I know. Walking-out alongside these warriors has been the greatest honor of my life. #neveragain #enough #enoughisenough #nationalwalkout #parkland

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With 169 schools and an estimated 88,000 students in the MNPS district, officials encouraged students and teachers to find a safe place inside the schools to protest, as some were concerned that going outdoors would make participants vulnerable. (Most went outside anyway, and it seems that all went smoothly. Everyone is safe, thankfully!)

District Spokesperson, Michelle Michaud, had previously stated that students who left campus without parent permission, didn't return, or stayed away longer than the nationally observed time of 17 minutes would be counted as unexcused, and could face loitering charges by MNPD.

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