National School Walkout Day 2018: Details & Things To Know

Courtesy MGN MSNBC

Courtesy MGN MSNBC

The protests follows national student walkouts in March. But for many young people, that's not the primary kind of gun violence that keeps them up at night and affects their lives. Students who leave class to participate in planned activities on campus will not be marked absent and will not be penalized for missing class time.

At New Smyrna Beach High School, students will gather in a heart-shaped formation with signs and banners, she said.

Ryan Deitsch, 18, a Stoneman Douglas High senior, who is among the #NeverAgain student activists at the Parkland school, said he's glad to see demonstrations for sensible gun laws continue - independent of his group's organizing.

Yurman, who is one of the event organizers, said the main goal is to eliminate fear in schools and urge lawmakers to take action.

Locally, most of the March walkouts took place on school campuses and were sanctioned by school officials. Some Columbine students are planning a compromise by holding a combined vigil and voter registration rally on Thursday night.

Nineteen years ago Friday, two gunmen rampaged through Columbine High School in Colorado, killing 13 people and taking their own lives.

Students involved in planning the rally represent school districts across the area, including Park Hill, Kansas City Public Schools, North Kansas City, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Kan., Center and Shawnee Mission.

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"I've been trying my best to encourage kids to do this, because I think some of them just feel like they are so far away from the issue because we're in small-town Pella, Iowa, that nothing could happen like that here", she says.

"He worked with us and said we could maybe do something during lunch, but we chose to organize it after school so that we can gather an audience of people who genuinely want to be there", Basilone said in a text message.

During the first nationwide school walkout in March, Leon County students who would have wanted to participate were on spring break.

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

High school principals made a robo call to parents this week telling them the event planned by CHC Enough, a student-led anti-gun violence organization, would be viewed as a school disruption and violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

In an event later Friday, students and educators will walk out in a citywide movement against gun violence and demand that political leaders invest in resources for students. "In many states it's more hard to register to vote than it is to buy a rifle", the website states.

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