Universities are telling kids it's okay to get suspended for protesting guns

Yolanda Curtis
February 25, 2018

Almost 50 schools including Yale, Dartmouth and UCLA have taken to social media to reassure the students.

Some high schools are pushing back against national protests like March for Our Lives and National School Walkout with internal policies.

These universities and colleges include Dartmouth College, Tulane University, University of Puget Sound, John Hopkins University, Northeastern University, Brown University, University of Connecticut, University of California, Los Angeles.

Clark University tweeted, "If you're considering Clark, we doubt you're waiting for our permission to stand up for your beliefs". They've traveled en masse to Florida's state capital in Tallahassee to protest for changes, staged classroom walkouts, and have taken to Twitter to make further demands for change.

Many colleges across the country, IU included, have told students that they won't reject them if they're disciplined for protesting.

"I, for one, will be cheering these students on from New Haven", Mendlowitz said.

Officials at some school districts have warned against involvement in demonstrations during school hours.

A school district in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, initially said students would face some sort of punishment if they took part in a planned March 14 walkout, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "All will be suspended for three days and parent notes will not alleviate the discipline", read a note sent home by the superintendent of the Needville Independent School District, which is just outside Houston, Texas. Find out if your prospective college has made a similar promise here.

But Stu Schmill, dean of admissions at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said in a statement that any "meaningful, peaceful" participation in a protest that results in disciplinary action will not impact their decision on whether to admit a future applicant.

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