"There's been so many school shootings and it's important for us, as students, to reach out and show that this is not OK and we want to do something about it", Ellie said.
Students from multiple Rapid City Area Schools, including Stevens and Central High School have planned protests to last seventeen minutes in honor of the seventeen lives lost in the recent Florida school shooting.
Port Townsend High School Principal Carrie Ehrhardt was not available for comment Monday. We also recognize the United States has exported gun violence through imperialist foreign policy to destabilize other nations. "We teach students about their civic responsibilities, about how to engage in public debate, and I think today was a wonderful, positive example of kids coming out and expressing their views". "If a walkout should occur at any of our schools, we will deploy staff as necessary to ensure student safety", his notification to parents said. "Students who participate in unapproved exercises will face immediate disciplinary action".
Other students have said they want to "walk out " of their classes for 17 minutes, starting at 10 a.m., in accordance with the national protest, which the Cobb County School District does not support.
The walkout is meant to demand that Congress pass legislation to keep students safe from gun violence in school, on the street and in their homes and places of worship. We believe this is one of those times.
Amanda Byerman, a senior at Henry Clay High School and member of the team, said students are constituents and can have a voice in the political process.
Joining with schools around the country, students at Palmer High School organized a walkout to remember the 17 people killed in last month's Parkland, Fla. mass shooting. "It's about school safety and student voice, as students grapple with their role in the world and their ability to impact their surroundings". Our shock translated into action.
"They're going to be free to walk out of our classroom, but we would prefer they stay in the building", Matthews said.
The memorial is not the only event students are planning.
Williams Bay High School administrators notified parents in writing that a walkout was being discussed in Williams Bay, and that officials were working with students to plan the demonstration. "I'm looking forward to being more involved in the change that they WILL create", he wrote on Twitter. "This made me angry because I didn't feel like our safety was taken seriously".
The district administration respects the decision by the students, but they don't encourage it. The school system is working with Lynchburg Police to make sure the walk out is safe.