The "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act" would also give law enforcement more power to seize weapons and ammunition from those deemed mentally unfit or otherwise a threat, and provide additional funding for armed school resource officers and for mental health services.
Women's March Youth EMPOWER, a local group established in 2016, and the St. Croix Political Action Network (SPAN), are calling on students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in the national school walkout for 17 minutes, in honor of the 17 lives taken in the tragedy in Florida.
In a statement, law firm managing partner Theodore Berman said he was outraged by the nature of the attack. "I think people will go through with it".
The walkout is planned by a national organization and will take place on March 14, one month after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. And on April 20th, the anniversary of the Columbine shootings, demonstrations are planned around the country to have students walk out of schools or miss school that day to march to the offices of elected officials at 11:00am Colorado time.
The ACLU-VA recently sent a letter to school superintendents in the commonwealth warning that they can not punish students who walk out of school as a form of protest more harshly than if they were absent from class for any other reason.
She says the message she wants to send across the state and nationally is students want change.
Englewood police recovered a gun from Colorado's Finest School of Choice and took a student into custody February 7, a day that saw the school go into lockdown.
A nationwide walkout is scheduled for March 14 at 10 a.m. "It's to affirm the importance of school safety".
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"Will [the protests] be a topic of conversation?" Maybe if students learn how to accept feelings of frustration, fear and embarrassment, they won't need to avoid those feelings by hurting themselves or someone else.
Two 17-year-old students, one male and one female, were arrested with handguns last week, one at Palo Verde High School and one at Desert Rose High School. "There's been some concern from some parents".
Students are now driving this issue and voicing opinions but we need society to hear our points.
Stafford said there have been some suggestions from those in support of the walkouts that they would be no different than fire drills.
"It's time for this to never happen again", Shahidi said.
He's letting his students plan how they'll honor the Parkland victims. Although she and most Walton students are too young to vote, she said it's important to let them know "what they can do to become more politically active".
"This is incredible", tweeted Cameron Kasky, a student who survived the Parkland shooting. At a Board of Education (BOE) meeting on January 12, Superintendent of Schools Paul Freeman commended the community, staff, and students for the way everyone stepped up to support each other.
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