Schools address walkouts planned to protest gun violence

Schools address walkouts planned to protest gun violence. (FILE)

Several mid-Missouri schools addressed National Walkout Day, which was planned for Wednesday, Mar. 14 to protest gun violence.

Officials with Columbia Public Schools said some students were organizing an event to include a 17-minute display of solidarity for those lost in the Parkland, Florida shooting, which happened exactly one month ago Wednesday. On Feb. 14, 17 people died when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Columbia Public Schools addressed student walkouts in a statement, that said in part: "While our students have a constitutional right to free speech, it also must occur within the context of not substantially disrupting the educational environment."

Jefferson City Public Schools Superintendent Larry Linthacum also issued a statement about National Walkout Day that said: "In respect of all views, we will not dismiss classes for any walkouts, peaceful protests, or other demonstrations. If students decide to participate in a walkout, we will provide them a safe place and manner for which to express themselves with adult supervision."

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