Local Schools See ‘teachable moment’ in National Gun Violence Walkout

Mar. 13, 2018
The shooting last month that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., galvanized teenagers around the country. 
Last month, students gathered at a Clarence park to protest what they deemed to be inadequate gun-control regulations.  (Robert Kirkham/News file photo)
The shooting last month that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., galvanized teenagers around the country. Last month, students gathered at a Clarence park to protest what they deemed to be inadequate gun-control regulations.

It’s a firsthand lesson in the Constitution, political science, grass roots organizing, campaigning and old-fashioned civics.

Students across the region will join others around the country in a national student walkout Wednesday to mark the one-month anniversary of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Their teachers and principals, for the most part, are behind them.

“This is their court right now, and it’s real for them,” said Eden Central Superintendent Sandra Anzalone. “We want to support what they want to do. It’s not ours to plan, it’s not ours to encourage, it’s not ours to discourage.”

The walkout has also left administrators with a dilemma: How to allow students to exercise their First Amendment rights while ensuring they follow school rules and remain safe?

The walkout, scheduled for 10 a.m., is in response to gun violence in all forms, as well as the shootings in Parkland, Fla., according to organizers of #Enough National School Walkout. The day marks one month since the gunman entered the school and opened fire. The Nevewalkout is for 17 minutes, to mark the 17 students and staff who were killed.
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