Arizona Students Walk Out, Rally at Capitol over Gun Violence

The 17-minute student-led demonstration starting at 10 meant to honor the 17 victims of the mass shooting last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Wednesday's national walkout - planned to last for 17 minutes - was organized in the days after the deadly rampage carried out by former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz, 19, who police said used a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle.

Citizens Leadership Academy, a charter school in Cleveland, is joining Wednesday's National School Walkout in protest of gun violence. It's clear that they not only want to honor the victims, but they also want to take a clear stance for more gun control.

Students from the school's campus in the Hough neighborhood will be marching to Wade Oval Park. Most districts say each school is coordinating its individual efforts while prioritizing the safety of the students.

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Districts in Sayreville, New Jersey and Maryland's Harford County drew criticism this week when they said students could face punishment for leaving class. While we always encourage students to stay in school, we know that some of our students may choose to participate in this event as well.

Carvalho is expected to join the walkout at iPrep Academy in Miami.

"We are witnessing a time of student activism not seen in decades, amplified by the power of grassroots social media", said Yariv Alpher, executive director of market research at Kaplan Test Prep, in a news release. "Written on them are powerful statements including "Students Lives Matter", "Protect Children, Not Guns", and "#SAFE".

Parents, students and even school officials have been waiting for this day with anticipation and wondering: Can students be punished for walking out?

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Students should be aware that schools hold the right to issue unexcused absences (from class) or create an assignment for students participating in the walk out. She's the president of the Portland Association of Teachers and a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The March for Our Lives rally for school safety is expected to draw hundreds of thousands to the nation's capital on March 24, its organizers said.

But each community was urged to shape its own protests, and while parents and teachers in many districts worked together to organize age-appropriate activities, school administrators had mixed reactions. "We want to be the generation that changes everything".

"As long as they come out, participate and return to class, nothing".

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