Metro Detroit students to participate in national walkouts this morning

Many metro Detroit students will join in on national walkout protests planned at schools across the country this morning in support of students affected by the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

Students, teachers, parents and others associated with schools are participating to push for legislation that aims to protect public places from gun violence.

The walkout is organized by Women's March Youth EMPOWER, and the group is calling for those who support the effort to walk out of schools for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. in each time zone. Seventeen is the number of people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14, 2018.

Here is a list of some of the Metro Detroit school participating in the walkouts:

  • Cass Tech High School
  • Troy Athens High School
  • Warren Mott High School 
  • Avondale High School 
  • Novi High School 
  • West Bloomfield High School 
  • South Lyon High School
  • Roeper High School 
  • Groves High School 
  • University Liggett 
  • Farmington High School 
  • Walled Lake Western 
  • Grosse Pointe School district high schools and middle schools 
  • Creative Montessori Academy

For a complete list of Michigan schools, click here.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, confessed to the killings; he used an AR-15 assault rifle to shoot people in the school. Several others were wounded.

"We are not safe at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns. Congress must take meaningful action to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that address the public health crisis of gun violence," the Women's March Youth EMPOWER website reads. "We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will join in 2020.

"Join us in saying #ENOUGH!," the website says.

Students have rights, though schools may discipline
The American Civil Rights Union has provided an online guide for students who wish to understand their rights in terms of participating in the walkout. While students have the right to free speech, schools may discipline those who participate if what happens is deemed disruptive to classes.

Discipline may not be more harsh just because the act is political in nature or because of the nature of the message, the ACLU says.

Read more here.


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