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A number of New Canaan High School students are expected to walk out of their school building for 17 minutes on Wednesday, March 14, to show support for people who have been affected by the Parkland, Fla. murders and other shootings across the country over the past two decades.

Students across the USA are planning a 17-minute walkout beginning at 10 a.m.to honor the lives of those lost.

Plans for coordinated student walkouts have been making national news and have already engendered disciplinary threats from some school administrators.

"We know what's going on nationally, which I think is phenomenal", Keckley said.

So on March 14, when we walk out, we are putting legislators on notice that they'd better make restricting access to firearms their immediate priority. The focus was on the need of taking action and finding solutions for the prevailing gun violence in the U.S.

"First and foremost, I want to emphasize this is voluntary for students and staff, and we are requesting parents/guardians to please complete the enclosed permission slip as an "opt-in" to grant your student permission to participate in these activities, " Neal wrote. District administration has advised high school students that students who participate in the nationwide event will not be disciplined, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Loughead.

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"Johnson said the event is separate from a planned walkout March 23 at various college and high school campuses".

If we have taken anything away from Parkland, it's that we no longer have the luxury of delegating the care of our most marginalized students to what passes for community mental health.

"However, I can not support allowing students to disrupt the educational setting by leaving their classrooms to "walk out", Fitzgerald wrote.

While some administrators may have been discussing security publicly, details might be more hard to share for some others. The district received comments from people supporting the superintendent's decision and comments criticizing it.

"At this time, there's a feeling of understanding that this is something that should be taken seriously", she said of student safety.

So far protests have been planned at high schools in Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Wayzata, Orono, Hopkins and Maple Grove as part of the West Metro Walkout, according to social media posts.

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"It was inspiring, listening to them talk about it, and talking about it so openly", Pearce said.

"Our students can relate to that particular age group".

"I keep hearing the conversations", Carlomagno said, adding that she was reassured about safety measures at Walton after two "code red" drills were conducted last week.

On March 24th, student survivors of the Florida school shooting are planning to march in Washington, D.C.to demand stricter gun laws in an effort to prevent others from dying in a mass shooting.

But having thousands of students walk out at the same time "most certainly is different", he said.

"You don't necessarily think of school as a risky environment", Patterson said. It was the deadliest high school shooting in the history of the U.S.

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