Oldham County Schools Will Discipline Students Who Participate In Walkout


GWINNETT COUNTY: Schools will not allow students to walk out.

If the walkout turns disruptive: In that case, schools can stop students from participating. This means that now at schools when a student skips class, they might receive detention. There are more likely in the works.

Via email, the Macomb Daily contacted all 21 public school districts in Macomb County to determine whether or not their high schools, junior highs or middle schools would be participating in the walkout.

Since then it's been a race to settle all the details.

"We're really just fed up with the lack of action that's been taken in our country", Anika said. She chairs the firm's school law section and advises school districts on legal matters involving student issues, among other things.

It is unclear how many schools will have walkouts, but spokespeople for the districts said the schools were working to balance the students' right to free speech with their safety. Conversely, we don't wish to see schools filled with armed teachers.

Students also can sign a student-drafted resolution that the students hope to present to Mehaffie and the rest of the state Legislature at the state capitol.

But the ACLU emphasizes that outside of school and school hours, students have the same right to protest and advocate as anyone else.

Students will be marked absent, however, unless they have an excused absence in advance, school officials in all districts have said in statements anticipating the possibility of walkouts on Wednesday.

No - as long as they remain on the school grounds. "We ask that staff remain impartial and support the choices and opinions of all students". Students also will circulate petitions and encourage letter-writing campaigns, distributing the addresses of elected officials.

"We have made ourselves available to student leaders who have questions about organizing the walkout", West noted.

Local schools will be participating in the National School Walkout demonstration Wednesday in honor of the 17 victims killed in the shooting in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year.

The student-drafted resolution "focuses on mental health, it doesn't focus on guns", Carnes said during his March 6 presentation.

For students who choose not to participate, Wednesday will be a regular school day. Other schools and students may be participating but had yet to reach out to The Star. (Stella Bellow is the daughter of Eagle reporter Heather Bellow).

At several schools, students plan to will set up tables for voter registration. This event is a school-only event.

Principal Aaron M. Robb said everyone "was in agreement that our school should take part in the nationwide event on March 14th raising awareness about school safety. They must take meaningful action to pass sensible federal gun reform legislation that will greatly reduce school shootings and save the lives of students and teachers".

In the wake of the school shooting that left 17 Florida students and staff members dead, students across the country will stage an observance; a memorial for some, an act of protest for others. Most of these are high schools, although some middle schools - Earl Warren in Solana Beach, for instance - and elementary schools - Encinitas's Ada Harris and Rancho Santa Fe's R.

Rubio urged DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to immediately revise the guidance to ensure that schools report violent and risky students to local law enforcement.

• Romeo Community Schools will participate.

On some local campuses, there's a more general plea for school safety.

The location of the demonstration will be worked out by the LMMHS administration, Lee stated.

"If they do get off the campus", said Lt. Steve Kirk of El Cajon Police Department's metro division, "we will have our motor units and other units out to keep them safe and out of traffic". Students leaving their classrooms and gathering outside raises safety concerns, Schultz wrote. "Among the topics covered in the school marshal course are: physical security, improving the security of the campus, use of force, active shooter response and weapon proficiency".

The school board approved both events during the board's March 6 meeting, after the board and administrators were briefed by middle school Principal Kevin Cook and high school Principal Michael Carnes. She does plan to join the Wednesday walkout, even it means getting suspended. "This has been an opportunity to engage with students regarding civic responsibility".

"It is a moment for their voices and their energy but I also want them to know that they will be heard", Bernard said.