A 14-year-old Matanzas High School student is facing a felony charge after several classmates heard him say he would "shoot up the school", as he was struggling during a math class, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office said.
According to the Action Network website, the walkout is to "protest Congress' inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods".
Just days after meeting with the family of a victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade on Wednesday visited the school in Parkland, Florida. But, if HMS students do desire to participate in the walk out, their parents will have to come to the school and sign them out.
LA Unified, the second largest school district in the country, voted on a list of demands made of the federal government that include increased funding for student mental health services and research on gun violence, but their biggest requests include gun reform, banning assault weapons, universal background checks and licensing and training for gun owners. "Because, even if you disagree on how we're going about it, I think everyone can agree that there's something that needs to be done", said Student Alyssa Johnson.
Ava Vaughan, a student at Chimacum Middle School, is one of the organizers of the event, and like her high school counterparts, she deemed the February 14 school shooting to be a turning point. "That's one of the things we've been advocating for the whole time", said Ball.
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"The tragedies in Marshall County and Parkland have awakened us to the fact that when it comes to school safety, the status quo is unacceptable, and we have to be the change we want to see", Byerman said in a news release about the events.
Every school has steps to take in order to be the most positive and safe institution as possible for students to learn and grow. "It's a really political issue and we as students are willing to take on the challenge ourselves and as long as the administration isn't overly punitive, we are fine with them staying neutral".
Students will not face disciplinary action for peacefully participating in the walkout, Olson said. The school system is working with Lynchburg Police to make sure the walk out is safe.
It would also allow law enforcement to take the firearms of people who make violent threats against themselves or others, with a legal process for individuals to get their guns back.
Organizers are hoping the demonstration will encourage students to become politically engaged.