Florida passes a bill that would allow school staff to carry guns

Henrietta Brewer
March 8, 2018

This is a national, student-powered initiative, meant to spark action to keep our schools and our communities safe from gun violence.

"I'm concerned with all of these kids walking out", high school parent Heather Conkright said.

In conclusion, Betando states: "Our students have a powerful voice that can effect change, and it is our duty as educators to support our students through hard events". Asked whether she supports any of the measures the students have proposed, such as a ban on assault rifles, DeVos said, "The president has advanced a number of issues that Congress will have to consider". While we may have fairly strict gun laws, we believe that more must be done by our elected officials to enforce them.

Butler said the district wants to prevent an "oppositional or confrontational type situation" from happening, and that the district itself must remain neutral on the subjects.

MCSD's "Speak up! Sit In" event will be a video conference featuring students representing each middle and high school along with state legislators representing the Columbus area.

Giblin said their application process has been in place for many years and mirrors most other universities when it comes to reviewing applications on a case-by-case basis.

For freshman Ellie Boone, the walkout is an important thing to be a part of given the increased backlash against gun violence in schools, especially with Parkland. It's scheduled for March 14th at 10 a.m. They need to make sure no one risky can ever get their hands on a weapon like this again, and they need to take necessary action to protect the children in all our schools and beyond. "In fact, we mark that as a show of leadership on behalf of the students".

Clayton declined to explain what she meant by "alternative activities".

Students from Florida A&M University and Florida State University and others staged a die-in while the Florida House debated a school safety bill that arms classroom teachers.

Students will be instructed to take the letters home to be reviewed by their parent and/or guardian.

Although the date has no significance, it was chosen with the cooperation of students at De Soto High School also planning a walkout, and Ellie said this was purposeful.

"At each of those five secondary schools, we've heard of students organizing different ways to express their opinions and encourage dialogue around the topic", she said.

"Students will have two choices; they can attend the gathering, or stay in their advisory class", district spokeswoman Heather Crocker wrote in the statement.

Representatives for Shandon Joint Unified School District did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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