Continuing demand for stricter gun laws, local students plan Friday walkout

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Under the Student Code of Conduct, disrupting school, the offense that appears most closely associated with walking out of class without authorization, is considered a Level I to a Level III offense with the consequences ranging from a phone call to parents to in-school suspension.

Officially, both public school systems in Broward and Miami-Dade counties say they are willing to give students the space to walk out to mark the day - as long as they stay on campus.

Organizers have asked college students to utilize orange and also to observe a 13-second silence to honor the victims killed at Columbine.

Last month, there was a nationwide anti-gun violence walkout, but most central Iowa students were on break.

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Also, Levy added, "The fact that [the Parkland students] are already, or will soon be, voters, as well as motivated activists, makes them particularly effective spokespeople and organizers - not just of their own numbers, but their parents, grandparents and neighbors".

According to the group's website several mid-Michigan schools will take part in Friday's walkout, including schools in St. Johns, Okemos, DeWitt, Howell, and Ionia.

Columbine became synonymous with mass shootings after two youngsters rampaged through the senior school on April 20, 1999, fatally shooting at 12 pupils and a teacher before killing themselves and wounding more than 20 others. Lane Murdock, a sophomore at Ridgefield High School, says she hopes this walkout will rejuvenate the #NeverAgain movement and continue the dialogue about gun-control measures, including a ban on assault-styled weapons. She said she tutors children who have fled violence in other countries but fear shootings in their US schools.

Junior Kaylee Tyner, who helped organize a walkout at the school on March 14, said the anniversary is a day to remember those lost in the shooting and those they left behind and politicizing it could divide the community.

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A group of students at Pella High School is uniting their voices as part of a national walkout event Friday.

While those students prepare for demonstrations, teens who attend the high school at the center of the day are scheduled to have a day out of the classroom.

"We can't let adults tell us no", said Sydney Pacheco, 17, a Westport High junior who held a "We Stand With You Parkland" sign.

Virtually the entire high school student body gathered in the outside memorial garden. "So all the kids that were in elementary school had graduated, and we had kids that were now coming to Columbine that weren't even born yet when the tragedy happened". It took place on campuses, and afterward, students returned to classes. "We want to keep it in a positive light".

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Expectations for behavior and respect will remain consistent with those encouraged during any regular school day and students who do not meet those expectations will be subject to disciplinary action by BMS administrators as well.

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